Team Member: Linzi Wu / Tian Fei / Veena

My Role: Group Leader / Interview / Research / Interaction & Visual Design

 

PROUDSHARE is a skillshare online and offline platform that  connects different generations in an innovative way. It celebrates the knowledge and skills that senior generation have and clears up the misunderstandings between generations.  

The skillshare event proposals are created by individual youngsters who have senior relatives or friends that obtain some special skills or knowledge that worth sharing. The proposals are posted and shared on the PROUDSHARE website and different social platforms. If the proposal attracts certain amount of interests, the skillshare offline event will be created.

Instead of finding a specific place for the event, the event will be held in the existing space that's underused, such as bars in the day time, empty cafes etc.

 
 
 

People are empowered by being in groups. Make use of underused talent and underused space.

This project is to create a compelling and delightful experience for a gathering (of people, technologies, or both).

We start out targeting at seniors who have lots of free time to spend. As we are brainstorming for the ideas, we find out that the idea of combining underused talents and underused space is appealing. The challenge is how to bring two generations together and clear up some misunderstandings in between.

 

The project began by researching the generation gap on both sides of generations. By interviewing seniors and youngsters, we found that the misunderstanding between two generations were huge. Most seniors have free time and willing to share their knowledge but they feel that young people might not be interested. Meanwhile, most young people want to learn crafts and skills because they think that seniors are masters of certain skills.

We want to narrow the generation gap between two generations and create a platform for young people to learn from seniors.

There is a huge misunderstanding between generations. Young people want to learn craft skills and life experience from the seniors while seniors think the youngsters might not be interested in learning from them.

How can we build the bridge over the generation gap?

 

Interview with seniors

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Inclusive Circle

Most seniors stay in the familiar and inclusive circle and know new friends through other friends.

Willing to Share

Most seniors are willing to share their skills and experience. But they feel that young people might not be interested.

Internet Use

Many seniors use emails and Internet but seldom use social media.

 

Interview with youngsters

 

Expect a Certain Skill Level

They expect a certain level of reputation or demonstration of the skills from seniors.

Willing to Learn 

Most young people are willing to learn and they feel that seniors are masters of certain skills. Some of them want to learn crafts and skills while others want to hear about life experience. 

 

How can we build a skillshare platform that connects two generations in a innovative way?

For seniors, how to make them feel comfortable to share skills and spend time in a more fulfilling way?

For youngsters, how to let them learn from seniors about life experience or craft skills and support seniors mentally and physically?

 

Learning from the research, we want to design a platform that allows young people to make event proposals about their senior relatives or friends.

On one hand, seniors are not familiar with social media and have a pretty inclusive friend circle. And many of them might not feel confident to share their skills even though they are experts on it. They are afraid that young people would not be interested.

On the other hand, young people know what they want to learn from the seniors. By making the event proposal and sharing on the social media, it'll arouse attention from his/her friends, which is a relatively familiar and trusted group. 

 

 
 

We held the event in the SF Senior Center.

It was a great experience learning knowledge from the seniors. And there definitely was a huge misunderstanding between generations. They embraced technologies more than we might thought of, including using Photoshop for photo editing.

During the talk, it's not only photography that I'm learning, but also life experience and stories.