Category: Co-Design

2nd Round of Research: Uri Elections 2020

First field test

On March 8, Uri is electing its new cantonal parliament as well as the governing council.

This week, the second research round for Project CH+ started with the trainees of Uri’s department of personnel and four school classes of the cantonal secondary school of Uri.

Until the elections, half of the participants will use the beta version of the app, while the other half is using an alternative offer for electoral support. Both groups are tasked to create their own list for the elections. After the elections, there will be an concluding survey, which allows to compare the two approaches.  

Until the elections, the application will also be publicly available.

Interview with a former member of the Council of States: Markus Stadler

This video is in Swiss German. I will work on captions as soon as possible.

The elections are around the corner and I am in den living room of the former member of the Council of States, Markus Stadler.

This interview revolves around politics, being without a party, elections, the young generation and Marcus’ evaluation of Project CH+’s entertainment approach.

The 10 minute video interview  is the result of a one hour conversation. Maybe I will find time in the future to elaborate on the interview and the thoughts behind it. Until then, enjoy!

Look who else is (Wahl)tindäring. The Republik? It’s a Match!

What happens when a “big fish” is swimming in the same direction? You work together!

Last Thursday I paid a visit to the Republik magazine. The reason: Someone has had the same idea as me. After the meeting we can say: Two “super-likes” & “it’s a Match”! Together with the Head of IT Thomas Preusse, Software Engineer Patrick Venetz and my Mentor René Bauer we talked about the process, the similarities and the differences of our concepts.

In any case, I am happy that the combination of games and political communication is well received by the public.

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First User Tests

Donika (GR), Stella (TI), Nina (UR), Jelle (Netherlands) and Glenn (BS) share their thoughts.

In various settings – from a park bench next to the Limmat, to a student kitchen in Lausanne – I collected first responses to our application. The five test sessions took 15-30 minutes each. …

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Politics at the Züri Fäscht

Finding the politician of your dreams is not an easy task. Luckily, we are here to help!

Over the course of this project, I have spoken to friends, roommates and fellow students about how they feel represented by our system and our politicians. Now it is high time to have voters represented on this blog. The Züri Fäscht takes place every three years. Equipped with a microphone and a camera, I joined the crowd to celebrate, and to ask a couple of questions about politics. …

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Interview with Christoph Stutz from the Parliamentary Services

An exchange on voter participation and games.

Yesterday, I was in the Federal Palace to meet Christoph Stutz from the Parliamentary Services. The Parliament Services assure that the parliament can operate trouble free, and they are in charge of the parliament’s public relations. Here too, they use games to make politics more tangible. Christoph gave feedback on our concept and a short interview on voter participation. …

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Centre for Democratic Studies: Stefan Walter & Manuel Hubacher

CH+ from a didactic point of view.

The Centre for Democratic Studies Aarau is researching democratic systems, both nationally and internationally, while also doing a lot of work on political education. Stefan Walter and Manuel Hubacher concern themselves with political education in schools, and both use games to create innovative learning experiences. On Friday, June 6 I met them at the ZDA’s Villa Blumenhalde in Aarau. …

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Communication Advice from Game Designer Philomena Schwab

Philomena shares her experiences on online communication.

Thanks to a refined game concept and a skill for community building, Philomena Schwab made Forbes’ “30 under 30” in the category ‘technology in Europe’. As co-founder of the successful game studio Stray Fawn, she continues to influence the industry with sophisticated concepts. Furthermore, she is dedicated to growing and supporting the Swiss game’s industry. …

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