This is the first podcast in a new series of films, podcasts and writing from Tech For Good TV that will be exploring themes of housing, home, homelessness and technology.
This first episode in our podcast series started by looking at the the interconnection between technology and homelessness. We’d heard of people attaching go-pros to people sleeping on the streets to reveal the realities of their daily lives so as to build empathy of their lived experience. But it lead to us thinking about the bigger issue of homes and technology. In many ways, we’re more connected than ever before - wireless digital technology makes it easier for us to create new identities, and be active members of all sorts of different groups. It also increases our physical mobility and our sense of what it means to be part of a group… a state, a company even a family has become blurred.
So how do we actually use our home today? What do we get out of it? What does it mean to be so Networked?Perhaps we don’t even need a home, although most of us think we do.And yet, home ownership is increasingly the defining mark of wealth and power, skewing our economy and creating a wealth consolidation wedge in our city. Homelessness has been a problem as long as we've had homes.
This episode explores questions that the work Nearshot are doing in San Francisco to repurpose a bit of technology to dispel myths and build understanding around homelessness... with you and your neighbours.
The next few episodes will look at how homeless people are using technology on a daily basis, how institutions are using technology to engage with the homeless and how technology is being used to revolutionise the way homelessness is measured and understood.