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20 SEPTEMBER 2013

The Mass Observation Archive: a UK social history writing project

"The Mass Observation Project (MOP) is a unique UK–based writing project which has been running since 1981. ... [it] differs from other similar social investigations because of its historical link to the original Mass Observation and because of its focus is on voluntary, self–motivated participation. It revives the early Mass Observation notion that everyone can participate in creating their own history or social science. The Mass Observers do not constitute a statistically representative sample of the population but can be seen as reporters or 'citizen journalists' who provide a window on their worlds.

The material is solicited in response to 'directives' or open–ended questions sent to them by post or email three times a year. The directives contain two or three broad themes which cover both very personal issues and wider political and social issues and events.

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1937198120th century21st century • Charles Madge • citizen journalismconfessioncultural heritagediagramdiary • directives • drawingseventseveryday lifehistorical archiveshistorical chronicles • Humphrey Jennings • letterslistlongitudinal studymapMass Observation Project (MOP)material culture • memoir • open-ended questionsopinion • ordinary people • personal experiencephotographsplacespolitical issuesposterity • press cutting • qualitative researchresearch resourcesself knowledge • self-identity • self-revelationsocial historysocial issuessocial researchstatistically representative samplestoriessubjectivitytheir storiesthematic patterns • Tom Harrisson • UK • University of Sussex • voluntary participationwriting project

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Simon Perkins
20 SEPTEMBER 2013

FutureEverybody: FutureEverything 2012 festival

"FutureEverybody consists of short essays by participants in the FutureEverything 2012 festival and an overview of the festival and conference programme by the curators. These offer reflections on the FutureEverybody theme, the art and design projects in the festival, and the issues and initiatives presented within the conference.

A new participatory culture is changing our world. New forms of creativity and community occur through individuals coming together in arbitrary ways online. FutureEverybody looks anew at the ways in which people participate and co–operate are changing in a massively networked world. FutureEverybody was prompted by 2012's celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Mass Observation Movement and the UN International Year of Co–operatives."

(Drew Hemment and Charlie Gere)

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2012 • Adrian Hon • Amon Tobinart and design • Bill Thompson • Birgitta Jonsdottir • Blast Theory • Carlo Ratti • Charlie Gerecoming togethercommunity engagementconferencecooperation and collaborationcreativity • Curated Place • Dieter Moebius • digital and physical spaces • Drew Hemment • Ed Vaizeyfestival • Fiona Courage • FutureEverybody (festival) • FutureEverything (2012) • FutureSonic (festival) • handmade digital craft • Islington MillJohn Peel • Lawrence Epps • Mass Observation Archive • Mass Observation Project (MOP) • Matthew Herbert • Museum of Science and Industry • networked world • participatory artworks • participatory culture • Rohan Gunatillake • Rufus Pollocksocial and cultural phenomena • Tim Hecker • UN International Year of Co-operatives • Victoria Baths

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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