Inside Out

Inside out! was an innovative multimedia project which examined ways to minimise anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

Key Project Information

Partners: In partnership with East Potential and funded by Mediabox
Participants: 20 young people aged 14-19

Project Overview

INside OUT was an Open-City programme enabling young residents in Newham from East Homes and East Potential, aged from 13 to 19 years, to address the issue of anti-social behaviour in public spacesn through the design of an interactive computer game. It was largely inspired by the Respect Agenda, and reflects young people’s right to ‘be safe’ and ‘enjoy and achieve’ in accordance with two of the national outcomes specified in the Government Green Paper 'Every Child Matters'.

Aims

The aim of the project was to demonstrate the impact and relationship between anti-social behaviour and the built environment through the design of an interactive computer game.

Project Detail

The three-month project allowed 20 young people aged 14-19 from Stratford to create an interactive game illustrating their ideas to reduce anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

Participants used video, graphic design, sound, and interactive game building to explore how changes to the built environment can reduce anti-social behaviour amongst their peers. The Inside Out team, which included a BBC sound engineer and received mentoring support from a CBBC online editor through the Media Trust, used film, video, graphics, music and basic game programming.

Activities included:

  • South Bank skate park visit
  • Filming and acting
  • Graphic design
  • Song-writing and performing
  • Music making

The initiative – an interactive computer game that explores the relationship between anti-social behaviour and the design of local public places – was showcased at an event in Stratford. Ideas developed in the game were taken on board by East Thames' neighbourhood management team.

Achievements

The project empowered young people by enabling them to communicate their ideas directly to peers and decision-makers. Findings from INside OUT were integrated into the My City Too Manifesto for better places and spaces in London, which was presented to councillors, decision-makers and the London Mayoral candidates in 2008.

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"I enjoyed the whole experience; it was different to do something for the community and good that East Thames are doing these activities to address anti-social behaviour."

Costa 'Brother X’, a Focus E15 Foyer resident