Designing digital experiences for mental health, by ustwo: “Digital media may well be one of the sources of our mental health crisis. And yet, consumers are also turning to digital media for advice and relief as health and mindfulness apps flood the app store in unprecedented numbers. However, not all of these applications are successful, and so the question remains, how do we create digital media that strengthens rather than undercuts mental health and resilience?”
Δ Change that lasts
How govtech leaders can create change that sticks and lasts - plenty of good stuff there for anyone working in transformation. “It’s much harder for an incoming political administration to switch off a notification platform that powers over 600 government services, than it is to ignore a strategy document. There are a few things that can only really be implemented with strong political support. The best example is spending controls.”
🚗 Effects of on-demand models on public transport
Uber and Lyft depress bus use by 1.7% and rail use by 1.29%. Those figures are annual: bus ridership in San Francisco is down 13% in eight years. This seems to happen where the transit job both do is similar (short journeys in cities). Perhaps the fact that the thing being purchased is the journey rather than the vehicle makes it easier to compare and then substitute public transport with taxis.
A beautiful piece on the ability of the internet to make new places and connect people in ways that they couldn’t offline. What looks merely like a roleplay game gave a disabled man a different life and a close cohort of friends. "It's not a screen, it's a gateway to wherever your heart desires." Warning: you might cry.
The Trades Union Congress tried a Kickstarter-like feature to solicit new union members in the visual effects industry. “28% of joiners chose the ‘join now’ option, with 72% choosing to ‘join if we hit the target’”, which suggests that Kickstarter’s conditional commitment does genuinely feel like a safer way to join a new thing.