The focus of my work in 2016 was on F A M A L A M – exploring parenting and play in the 21st Century, and specifically #RadicalChildcare interventions and the sharing economy.
In addition to my BOM Fellowship I undertook partnerships at Impact Hub Birmingham, New Economics Foundation and at NearNow as part of the Arts Council / Innovate UK funded Arts and Technology Pilot.
#RadicalChildcare is an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare. Through this work I looked to surface, explore, provoke and share radical solutions to make childcare more accessible, collaborative, creative, flexible, affordable and intergenerational.
These programmes were incorporated into BOM’s public programmes and I continued to contribute to the vision and development of BOM’s engagement programmes, feeding in to the Live R&D programme and devising and delivering the second BOM Summer Camp. Building on the success of the first BOM Summer Camp in 2015, this week-long programme provided 7-11 year olds with the opportunity to work hands on with new technologies and made use of creativity to inspire learning through the key STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering arts and maths), while parents were given the option to co-work at BOM. We will continue to offer bursary places to parents with low income.