|Internal numbering||Type of experiment||Type of infrastructure|
(dark matter, digital, physical and social)
(add it later)
|2||Financing experiments||Dark Matter Infrastructure||Smart Rental Agreements|
for Positive Performative
Outcomes in the Workplace
|What if the rent for workplaces wasn't just about square meters but about how spaces contributed to well-being? As more and more is known about how spatial configurations play a role in positive performance, such factors could become part of smart contracts, so that measurable actions for improving outcomes can be the basis of rent reviews. This experiment would give insights into whole new ways of operating real estate business models and into practical news ways of implementing new mental welfare practices to support human development.||We Are They (UK): |
A speculative design project presents a proposal to reclaim the social value of architecture to create a more equitable urban environment
|3||Financing experiments||Dark Matter Infrastructure||Employment Contract that Value Emotional Labour||What if employment or contractor contracts were focussed on enabling people to care deeply about what they do? Because the traditional contract seems more and more out of sync with what we know is valuable in many so many roles, namely craftsmanship, empathy and holistic responsibility-taking. Finding ways to re-cast contracts around this across the economy, putting more subtle factors front and centre rather than reductive KPIs, could revolutionise HR as a profession 'from the contract up'.||Buffer (USA):|
Buffer is a software application for the web and mobile, designed to manage accounts in social networks. Around 2014, a company explored the use of employee pledges to all team members at Buffer. Alongside the employment agreement, the pledge shows trust and culture of caring within the interest of a particular area of the company’s ethics.
|6||Financing experiments||Dark Matter Infrastructure||Smart Social Impact|
|What if a next generation of social impact investment benefited from the revolutions in blockchain and artificial intelligence? The challenges of social impact bonds remain with high transaction, evaluation and on-going monitoring costs. With digital technologies reducing transaction costs, it is time to design and test more dynamic outcomes accounting and price discovery mechanisms for various social and sustainable outcomes, enabling us to promote broad long term shared values instead of only looking at cost avoidance.||The Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth (Global):|
A joint, $50-million investment over five years to build the field of data science for social impact. Building on The Rockefeller Foundation’s leadership in social impact and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth’s innovative approaches to data philanthropy, the collaborative will identify key priorities and investment opportunities to accelerate data for good.
|20||Institutional experiments||Social infrastructure||Neighbourhood Human|
Flourishing Index for High
|What if we created a new set of indicators to understand collective human capabilities as key neighbourhood resilience monitoring? Because measuring 'hard' factors like income and physical health aren't enough to understand risk and potential in communities: in the era of hybrid machine-human intelligence, our critical human capabilities include creativity, courage, collaboration and compassion. We could develop and pilot new types of metrics and Key Performance Indicators for measuring cognitive surplus in the highly automated economy, helping us to expand our understanding of mental health as a critical human capability, deeply interwoven with economic and social outcomes.||OECD Better Life Index|
To address concerns that standard macroeconomic statistics like GDP failed to give a true account of people’s current and future well-being. The OECD Better Life Initiative includes two main elements: "Your Better Life Index" and "How's Life?". Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.
|17||Institutional experiments||Digital infrastructure||Mental Well Being|
AI/Human Digital Coaches
- Smart prescriptions,
preventive health and
|What if latest advances in Augmented / Mixed Reality could create artificial emotional intelligence systems that work alongside humans, assisting with emotional and relationship support enable us to perform better and live healthier and happier? We know the powerful effects that even simple chat-bots can have in supporting vulnerable, isolated people through difficult times. With fast-developing technologies in artificial emotional intelligence, we would be able to incorporate deep contextual understanding and empathy into Augmented Reality systems and explore how these might improve the mental wellbeing and relational/emotional cognitive ability of humans at different moments in their life.||JOOL health (USA): |
JOOL health helps users find and stay aligned with their authentic life purpose powered by AI and machine learning to help people be their best selves at work and in life
|13||Institutional experiments||Social infrastructure||Pro-Social Public Services|
- Unlocking the Power of Relationships
|What if we redesigned public services like old age care and job-seeking around human beings' naturally sociable instincts? Because the 20th Century public services model all too often atomises and isolates people, dismissing the role of prosocial motivation in achieving outcomes - whether for those working inside the public sector or those receiving benefits and other services. We could prototype and test new mechanisms to share, donate, co-operate and contribute to the well-fare of others, activating people and connecting them to others through new forms of service design and innovating the back-end of cost and value accounting within government.||Backr’ Service (UK):|
"A relationships based approach to employability and employment outcomes for those out of work and for those in work. The underlying premise for the Backr initiative is a recognition that individuals’ capabilities (soft skills), are a crucial and currently under-utilised component in addressing a range of social issues, including employability."
|14||Institutional experiments||Social infrastructure||Next Gen UBI Trial Design |
- The System around the Universal Payment
|What if we designed the next series of UBI trials with the entire support ecosystem in mind instead of just the montly payment? Because everyone by now has heard about that Finland basic income trial left people happier, but not always in work. Knowing that UBI cannot be a silver billet and therefore has to be part of a systemic shift in welfare and economic development, in Stockholm Region we could design a broader trial that also create the support structures (tailored learning opportunities, start-up support, peer networks....) to would form a truly new way to invest in the future of citizens and their crativity, passion and drive.||‘Youth Basic Income’ programme (South Korea):|
Gyeonggi province, the most populous region in South Korea, will be launch Youth Basic Income programme. The program will unconditionally give one million Korean Won ($US900) in local currency per year to 24-year-old residents.
|16||Institutional experiments||Social infrastructure||The Shared Quantified Self |
- Expanding the Doctor's Data Insight
|What if we empowered people to share with their doctors all the data that mattered to them? Because practices like 'social prescribing' (doctors prescribing social activities instead of pills to enable patiens to recover) already show that people's everyday life context matters to their health - and with fitbits and social media data creating a wealth of 'quantified self' data patterns, a whole range of new data could help local doctors make sense of people's lives. With the GP surgery being the front line of health and well-being in our neighbourhoods, we could design and test new digital interfaces that empower people to share what they feel is relevant and thus tackle the underlying causes of many of the wicked challenges we face at a societal level (obesity, poverty, loneliness, unemployment, stress, poor housing, energy poverty, etc.)||Propeller Health (USA):|
Propeller Health uses machine learning to analyse patient medication data and environmental conditions such as pollen counts and air quality to forecast potential asthma attacks. A digital tool helps understand patient's symptoms, stick to medication plans and build a strong connection to medical support.
|18||Institutional experiments||Social infrastructure||Next Generation People’s|
|What if we reinvented the entire education system around the social skills, emotional intelligence and empathy that truly set us apart from machines? Because we know that automation and AI in combination are going to reconfigure the machine-human relationship, fundamentally redirecting the role of human contributions to our future society and economy. We could develop bold experiments that remake the ‘school’ (from kindergarten to university, and well beyond) for the age of automation, radically growing people’s capacity to be the authors of their own lives by fostering not just their hands and heads, but also their hearts.||Scale-free Schools (UK):|
Scale Free Schools is a design proposal for a new infrastructure of education in the 21st century, based on the idea that learning is not confined to ‘school’ and that due to our single-use approach to city building, numerous buildings (eg. school facilities) are left empty outside of school hours. This scale-free school strategy focused on growing social capital throughout the city by allowing for flexible use of buildings.
|7||Place-based experiments||Digital Infrastructure||Real-time Open Job Markets||What if we created a real-time, transparent platform for the job market? Because we have seen how social media job ads have raised concerns about intransparent algorhythms and discriminatory practices and jobs - growing anxiety and stress levels aroud fundamental life opportunities - but tech progress could also create a market place where the hiring process is more open, efficient and inclusive? We could pioneer a platform for instant and open job postings across industry, agencies and recruiters, generating transparent data on labour demand and supply and providing fair opportunities for all.||Open Jobs (UK):|
Open jobs is a unit within Nesta that aims to help individuals, organisations and governments to take more informed labour market decision by using open jobs data. The unit works with local and national partners to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of their labour markets.
|Cultural experiments |
|9||Place-based experiments||Physical infrastructure||Hush City Experiments on Policy & Regulation||What if we created machine readable policies that connect to state of the art evidence on visual and noise pollution to create dynamic, outcomes-based regulation? We increasingly understand how disturbances in the sensory experience of the city (e.g. noise pollution, blue lights, visual noise) influence human cognitive functions and psychological wellbeing. We could create place based experiments and reguatory sandboxes that collaboratively explore alternatives to a particularly insidious issue.||Sounds of New York City (USA):|
Citizen scientists help address NYC’s noise by annotating audio clips for machine learning technology. SONYC helps label different urban soundscapes recorded by our sensors and train machine learning technology to mitigate sources of noise pollution.
|10||Place-based experiments||Physical infrastructure||The Right to Play – Playful spaces for all||What if we explored issues of play in the city – across the generations – with a Right to Play? Our city planning has become more and more transactional and underestimated the importance of play to humans. In an era where most cities have more car parks than playgrounds we could humanise environments and learning opportunities through playfulness at work, at home and the everyday public realm. Approaching this through the perspective of Rights could explore deep implications for such diverse realms as labour legislation, the care system and housing.||The Right to Play (UK): |
Wales introduced a Play Policy in 2002, emphasising the need for the provision of play environments and a detailed implementation plan with funding specifically for play.
|Cultural experiments |
|12||Place-based experiments||Physical infrastructure|
Dark Matter infrastructure
|Dark Sky Places for Better Human Well-being||What if we really took seriously the evidence on how light pollution harms human well-being? Because we know it harms human health by disrupting our circadian rhythms, messing with our melatonin levels and generally contributing to sleep disorders. We could unlock the combination of next generation technologies, dynamic regulation and multi-parry contracts to create 'dark sky zones' in our cities, restricting light pollution alongside other pollution control mechanisms.||Dark Sky Communities (Global):|
A town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies.
|11||Place-based experiments||Physical infrastructure|
|Pioneering Tools for Indoor Air Quality|
Measurement & Improvement
|What if we used technology to pay as much attention to indoor air pollution as to the harm awaiting us outdoors? With people now often spending 90% of their time indoors, indoor pollution is becoming more of concern worldwide than it ever has been before, prompting governments, scientists and companies to take a closer look at precisely what we’re breathing in behind closed doors. We could create new standards and open source tools to measure indoor environments and the measures to address indoor air quality, combining affordable IoT and open source tools to understand real-time indoor issues and reduce environmental harms together with citizens - thus unlocking awareness and innovative trajectories to improvement.||InAirQ (Europe):|
InAirQ is an international project aiming to assess the health risk of indoor air pollutants on a vulnerable population (i.e. children between age 6 and 14) and to take actions to improve the indoor environment in school buildings in Central Europe.
|People’s Sheds |
- Growing the Amateur Economy
|What if we regenerated neighbourhoods around the amateur economy, enabling networks of passionate local traders, doers and makers to connect with each other? Because informal places that bring people together to tinker, like Australia's 'men's sheds', can support people out of loneliness and depression – and when projects and places enable people to connect with each other around the things they love, this can change communities. This could unlock a next generation of sheds, vegetable patches, furniture repair, amateur radio stations, community events and model workshops - creating valuable local sources of income, and boosting older people's mental health.||Men’s Sheds (UK): |
Men's sheds movement promotes men's health and wellbeing overall. There are over 400 Men's Sheds open, and over 10,000 shedders/members— a place to pursue interests, skills and making.
|1||Regulatory experiments||Dark Matter Infrastructure||Place-based Regulatory|
Sandbox for Mental Well Being
|What if we created a sandbox to re-think public services and regulation starting from the perspective of mental health? Because many of the new health technologies and models of care that could improve mental health outcomes sit outside current regulatory boundaries and practices. This neighbourhood or city-district sandbox would enable us design, test and adapt a wide range of mutually coherent interventions and thereby understand the possibilities, risks and success conditions for radical new approaches across the public, private and community sectors.||Care Sandbox (Scotland): |
A sandbox for care homes who wished to change
compliance around nurses on duty (to replace with
carers) - 69 out of 88 requests
|5||Regulatory experiments||Dark Matter Infrastructure||Tax Breaks for Mental|
|What if companies got tax breaks for investing in the mental health of their workforce? We know corporate actions can harm or promote human well-being, and government tends to pick up the tab for corporate malpractice. Experimenting with this would create demand for a better evidence base, richer data infrastructure, employee support models and for changing long-term behaviours.||B-Corp movement (Global): |
A compliance-focused mission to certify companies for social and environmental values. B-corp certified companies faced challenge of maintaining their social and environmental values while raising capital.
|19||Technological experiments||Digital infrastructure||AI Assisted Social Media|
for Arguments &
|What if we really acted on what we know about how social media and artificial intelligence is shaping public debate – and create purposeful systems that disrupt 'filter bubbles' and echo chambers? Because the ability to argue and to express our reasoning to others is one of the defining features of humans but more and more of us are looking ourselves into news-sources and discussion platforms with like-minded individuals, becoming more one-sided, less balanced and less understanding of other viewpoints. We could explore next technologies and institutions for engaging citizens in revived democratic digital debates, and the possibilities for actively using behavioural science to limit the societal risks of extremist or conspiracy theorist platforms.||The Commons (USA):|
A pilot programme that explored interventions to address polarisation on Facebook and Twitter in the USA. The pilot explored how to work with APIs on how to craft reflective conversations on social media to create positive and depolarising change.
|8||Technological experiments||Physical infrastructure||Intuitive & Holistic Food Labelling||What if we pushed the limits of technology and design to create food labelling that is actually meaningful to people? Because we know the importance of nutrition for (mental) health, and we know that current labelling systems don't connect with people - nor do they enable awareness of supply chains nor impacts on other humans and the planet. Using next generation augmented & mixed reality technology as well as new packaging designs we could test a full landscape of information systems looking at food provenance, nutritien content and health impacts, enabling people to combine information in ways that matter to them and change collective behaviours.||Provenance (UK): |
Provenance is a digital platform that gathers and presents
information about food products and their supply chains
|15||Technological experiments||Digital infrastructure||New Trust Ecosystems around Health Data||What if the twin goals of greater control for citizens and greater value for the public would drive a deep redesign of our (mental) health data infrastructure and interfaces? Because the absence of proactively designed health data infrastructures that both maximise shared public benefit from health data while respecting privacy and consent (e.g. around linking patient records, diagnoses, genomic and socio-economic and behavioural data), with clear and transparent accountability structures, is becoming ever more of a problem, and is likely to inhibit the emergence of a smarter health field. We could collaboratively design new institutions to grow public trust, rather than these being technocratic or inward looking bodies, and foster a more fine-grained public debate about benefits, risks and trade-offs.||Data Trusts (UK):|
Data trusts as a framework of agreements between government and industry to stimulate the secure and mutually beneficial exchange of data
|21||How does being part of a community affect mental wellbeing?||We believe that togetherness is a fundamental psychological need. You feel togetherness when you can can contribute and when you are affirmed for for your contribution. This feeling of belonging acts as an anchor in your life. You also feel motivated to grow both spiritually and skill-wise to contribute more to the togetherness. Triggering yet more positive spirals for yourself and the togetherness you are part of. Ultimately for society. The haaartland platform is developed to support this and we are currently running a number of colabs (e.g type1 diabetes youngsters supporting each other with positive results). We would like find more experiments to support and explore how being part of a community can increase mental wellbeing. Community + any other method/app of course also possible : )||www.haaartland.com||platform developed 4.5 years, we need projects and colabs|