Author: András Ratonyi

Untitled Festival: A celebration of imagination and experimentation

On September 23rd, ATARCA project members hosted a dialogue session, challenging previous conceptions of data and co-creating new understandings of data that are not constrained by the existing economic system. This was the launch of our policy dialogue sessions, and the beginning of understanding the implications of anti-rivalry.

Read more about the festival here.

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Metaphors for data: Workshop to understand data

For many, data is an intangible and vague concept, highly valued but not completely understood. Data has become almost a buzzword in modern society, offering promises of tailored and strategic decision making. The increasingly crucial role of data in business, government and education highlights the need for a shared understanding of what data is, its attributes, and how it can be used. As a part of their end of year project, a group of masters’ students in the IDBM program at Aalto University designed a “pocket workshop” to enable the development of a shared understanding of data.

The multidisciplinary group of students identified twelve metaphors to help explain data as a resource in today’s world.  The metaphor cards can be used in four activities to encourage discussion and reflection on data.

Read the final report,”Workshop in a Wallet: Data Edition”, here.

Food Suffering and Wellbeing Index: An anti-rival approach to food consumption

We consume three meals on average in a day which are constituted by several ingredients. The production of these food items has a lasting impact on factors such as the soil, water, and air and human and animal factors such as their rights, welfare, and even livelihood. However, when making food-related decisions, we are most likely to be alienated from this impact. As consumers, we also don’t believe we can have a positive impact created by our individual consumption habits. This gap creates a great opportunity for services that can pave the path for collective action for positive change.

A self-curated anti-rival Food Suffering and Wellbeing Index (FSWI) aims to create a comprehensive comparison on the social and environmental variables that have been positively or negatively impacted in the food supply chain to help consumers make an informed decision. The goal of FSWI is to encourage more sustainable decision making and not induce further climate anxiety.


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