Starting with young people, design training and activities to build on previous knowledge using civic building exercises combined with awareness and empathy exercises to illuminate barriers to the process that exist for many.
The concept was based on the design challenge "
How might we create flexibility in the voting process while building community and increasing long term knowledge" it was developed by Kelsey Ruger who sent me a summary of the work that his group did and the process that they built a framework for. This description is based on that group work.
We want to address a few core issues that were raised - the age of poll workers and getting more young adults involved in the process of managing polls, start the disability and civic learning process started earlier with a combination of games, and hands-on-experience. We also want to provide a method for people to learn about dealing with disabilities at the polls outside of election season.
Design for Onboarding (Tutorial), Habit-Building (Grind), and Mastery (Elder Game) - Starting with young children, design the training and activities to build on previous knowledge using civic building exercises combined with exercises designed to raise awareness and empathy for those who don't have the same ability to access the process.
Portable Training Centers & Tools- Build pop-up training centers to teach kids how the civic process works in real-time. Also teach them accessibility awareness by introducing real disability issues at their polls that they must discuss and manage.
Ultimately we envisioned a series of age appropriate games, books, card decks and hands-on training kits that would be used at the elementary, middle school, high school and university levels. High School and college students would earn community service or college credit for volunteering at polls or teaching younger children as a part of the training. They would use the pop-up centers to model their voting process after what they will experience when they vote in the real world, hopefully reducing the confusion and problems they might experience at polls.