31 My [inte] gration Coop (MiG)
My [ inte ] gration coop (MiG) is an strategic approach designed to become the voice of the voiceless, combining big data as a binding instrument between inclusive city design, participatory citizenship and data democracy. An approach to “the commons” of big data, this last project is my designer’s commitment to address emergent technologies for common good and bring systemic change to the designers world.
This project was born in 2016 to understand the needs of vulnerable communities in Mexican slums to create smart city solutions for Latin America,never the less throughout the design process was transformed to fit the Madrid and the European landscape to address the migrants and refugees crisis. How can we turn this “so called” crisis into opportunities for cities,countries or Europe to migration integration? The answer lies in understanding the voices of the migrants in the urban context, during this process I worked with the “manteros union” in Madrid anchoring their needs into a democratic participatory approach.
Understanding Big data and inclusive cities seeded MiG, becoming a platform cooperative where citizens take the main stage to the fait of their data, a new paradigm to address the control of data we are rendering only to corporations, instead it is turned into common good data, the cooperative works together with the urban marginalized communities and bring solutions to their main needs, collecting data sourced directly from and by the communities themselves and calls all the actors around the big data ecosystem to capture, mine and analyze the data. MiG uses a marketplace to become a social entrepreneurship model that gives economic opportunities to the people that participate, this marketplace is meant to offer the data to catalyze Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) projects and measure their impact.