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Introducing the SERC Manual

by AyakoM | 6 months ago | 1 | 2

The SERC Manual is part of the Public Lab Press, a project to distribute written works from allies and community members and organizations.

To paraphrase William Gibson, "The social emergency is already here, it's just unevenly distributed."

In emergencies like hurricanes and tsunamis, emergency response centers exist to coordinate evacuations or provide services like temporary housing, food, and water. We want you to join us in re-imagining response centers to take on the real and pressing social emergency that we are facing today.

In 2017, Design Studio for Social Intervention created Social Emergency Response Centers (SERCs) to help people understand the moment we're in, from all different perspectives. Since then, over 20 SERCs have happened in 16 months, nationally and internationally.

Co-created with activists, artists and community members, SERCs are temporary, pop-up spaces that help us move from rage and despair into collective, radical action. SERCs are continuing and growing---a people-led public infrastructure sweeping the country from Boston to Utica, MS to Atlanta, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Chicago, Orange, NJ, Hartford, CT, Canada and Serbia... They are popping up in homes, community centers, schools, colleges, churches and conferences. SERCs function as both an artistic gesture and a practical solution. As such,they aim to find the balance between the two, answering questions like: How will we feed people--and their hunger for justice? How will we create a shelter--where it's safe to bring your whole damn self? What will reconstruction--of civil society--look like?

Interested in running your own SERC? This SERC Manual has everything you need from timelines, supply lists and suggested budgets. All it needs is you, a friend or team to get the ball rolling.

The SERC manual is now available through the Public Lab Press here

SERC is a project by the Design Studio for Social Intervention.and we are excited to be sharing SERC Manuals through the Public Lab Store to all of you! For technical assistance on getting started, or a SERC Kit, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us anytime at

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Announcing 10 Summer of Code projects for 2018

by warren | 7 months ago | 14 | 5


We're happy to announce we're accepting 9 students through Google Summer of Code this season. This is almost double last year's 5 slots, and reflects big, positive changes in our community this past year.Update: we also just learned that we are working with a team of two through Rails Girls Summer of Code!

(I've cross-posted this here)

We've seen a dramatic rise in newcomers over the past year (read more here and follow #software-outreach), and over a dozen contributors emerged as community leaders, not only championing larger and more complex projects, but also welcoming in and supporting newcomers to grow our community. Many of this year's students are in this group.

Congratulations and thanks: @MaggPi, @Gauravano @namangupta @Vidit @tech4GT @mridulnagpal @bansal_sidharth2996 @sagarpreet @Souravirus

See all the proposals here:

Title Author Updated Likes
GSOC-18 Email notification overhaul. @vidit 3 months ago
Gsoc 2018: Final Work Product - Email notification overhaul @vidit 3 months ago
GSoC 2018: Upgrade of Public Lab to Rails 5.2 @souravirus 3 months ago
GSoC 2018: Final Work Product of Draft Feature and Email Integration Project @gauravano 3 months ago
GSOC Multi Party Auth System @bansal_sidharth2996 3 months ago
GSoC Submission for Leaflet Blurred Location Part 2 @mridulnagpal 3 months ago
GSoC Proposal: Draft Feature & Email Integration Project @gauravano 3 months ago
GSoC 2018 Wrap-Up Post @sagarpreet 4 months ago
GSoC proposal: Computer Vision enhancements for Raspberry Pi based Public Lab Science Projects @MaggPi 7 months ago
GSoC proposal: Social Media Integration and Leaflet-Layers Library . @sagarpreet 8 months ago
GSoC proposal: Upgrade to Rails 5 @souravirus 8 months ago
GSoC proposal: Leaflet Blurred Location Part 2 @mridulnagpal 8 months ago
GSoC proposal: Email integration Project @namangupta 8 months ago
GSoc Proposal: OAuth & Upgrade to Bootstrap 4 @bansal_sidharth2996 8 months ago
GSoC proposal: Image-Sequencer v2 : Processing on steroids @tech4gt 8 months ago
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We'd also like to thank those who have made it possible, through their supportive mentoring, for our community to see such successes -- including those who help (beyond coding) to shape the course of our software projects by proposing new features, and those who help to set the positive, welcoming tone that makes our project one which people want to join.

Congratulations to our 9 summer projects, and thanks also to those whose projects weren't selected. We wish we could work with all of you, and we deeply appreciate what you contribute.

PS: For a cool animation of our collaboration, check out this page and press RUN:

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