Everyone has sat there at some point and imagined what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes. To live the life of a stranger and take part in their day to day, their job, their commute to work, their lunch, their morning coffee, maybe even an afternoon swim at their local beach.
Sure, with the way social media is going you can pretty much see all of those things – Instagram for what they eat, FourSquare for where they are, Facebook for what they are doing. It’s all readily available. But what about people you don’t know, on the other side of the world.
20 Days A Stranger is an app by-product of two of MIT’s thinktanks – Media Labs & the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values. This social experiment come social media initiative looks give people that very experience we’ve all wondered about through the lens of your smartphone.
By participating you are allowing your movements to be tracked and then images from surrounding areas pulled out of available social media apps (like those mentioned before). No personal information is shared other than that, not your name, your pictures – just where you have been.
The idea is to create empathy, by giving insight into the life of someone else.
“If it works, if it succeeds, you’ve started to model the life of a stranger in your head and maybe in your heart, and if it really works, you start to realise that all the strangers around you all have complex and rich lives,” – Kevin Slavin, Director of MIT Media Labs Playful Systems Research Group
Apply @ 20 Days A Stranger
(Quote from FastCo)