Saturday, 21 December 2013

Knee High Project - also coming in 2014...

One of the many strands to my life is as one of the directors of Explorer HQ.
This is a company that has grown from the original formation of Mission:Explore, following a late night phone call between Daniel Raven-Ellison and myself many moons ago...
We've now teamed up with various awesome people, and over the last seven(ish) years have got to the point where we are working on a range of interesting projects within the UK, and individually further afield...

One of the things we've got up to this year is to involve ourselves in the Knee High Project

The Knee High Design Challenge is a partnership between the Design Council, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.
We believe there is an urgent need for more innovation and experimentation in the design of early years services. Children are still starting school without a fair and equal start in life, and we want to do something about it.
We have challenged people from across the UK to come up with new ideas for radically improving the health and wellbeing of children under five in Southwark, Lambeth, and eventually beyond.
We are now funding and supporting the best ideas over the coming two years to see them develop into new services, products, environments (or anything else) that really make a difference.
We heard this week that we are through to the next round of the project, which means that we will have some additional support to prove that our concept of providing a fixed venue where we will work to Make, Take and Explore with under 5's is one that is worth supporting further.

Here's a video made by Dan which has more information about our idea...
There are lots of other great ideas as part of the challenge, so fingers crossed that we can continue to make progress through the project...



A Make, Take & Explore Den for the Knee High Project from Mission:Explore on Vimeo.
In 2013 the Design Council in partnership with Guy's and St Thomas’ Charity and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth set a design challenge:

"We are looking for fresh ideas with the potential to radically improving the health and wellbeing of children under five living in Southwark and Lambeth."

After speaking with children, parents, teachers and a range of experts we have been developing the following response to the challenge....

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