# One Papaday at a time
As we move forward with the Mirzapur Project, participating with the Garima Girls, there are a few key decisions to be made. As we increase their exposure to the internet and the web, considerations have to be made for where their attention will most likely be pulled to. As the saying goes, "All that shines isn't gold."
The platforms that are made to be attractive and addicitive offer the least amount of negotiability and safety. To be able to negotiate the internet, means to be aware of its capabilities, and possibilities. To be safe, the much harder task, is to teach how platforms extract personal data or provide one that doesn't.
With [Papad Annotating Audio](/@sagesalus/Sy3CI-a4w) we are in a unique position to offer these to the girls. The use of Papad is one that involves many different platforms and device and devices. Across the Papad ecosystem to record, edit, sync with the server and share - the girls will be able to explore the capabilities of today's devices. The tags might be across different locations and contexts. People might respond to them differently. This may help illustrate the collaborative aspects of the internet. We could, in addition drive up the contrast in which papad or open source software work versus the traditional softwares to demonstrate what a safe space looks like on the web. These tools will come handy as an aid to build a more friendly, honest and generative mental model of the 'virtual' world for them.
The girls as they start to listen to audio tracks would start putting them in context. This would be achieved through the use of tags. These tags would act as starting points from where the audio can be engaged with. Say an audio story is about a famous personality, that would maybe trigger a discussion with us or their own peers.
In addition to this, we are hoping to get them started on their own smaller projects that would contribute to the papad ecosystem. The workflow itself is very exploratory, ranging from an audio recorder, Whatsapp, Syncthing to tagging on the Papad interface. This when contextualised in terms of a project like selling the products they make would become a useful exercise in experimenting with the capabilities of networks and digital interfaces.
As we go on with the project, the girls might start their own projects or pursuits using the Papad interface. Using the tags as a way to show the authors is a way for serendipity to come through. We have observed through earlier project that knowing that someone somewhere else listened to something you created brings a feeling of joy. We hope that this transforms into bonds between some of the girls in different locations.
As an end point it would become amazing to see if Papad could foster a spirit of entrepreneurship or reaching out.
neha visits the girls (Dihyabanjari) they love the conversation face to face
"we are ready to share"
Garima girls are equally enthusiastic remote vs face-to-face
Safe and welcoming space- girls had interest in doing video calls
they were curious to come to the virtual space
without the mentor they aren't coming to the virtual space (DB) unlike Garima girls
Garima girls have group leaders push other members to come online
KHushboo, Neha and Vandana are team leaders who have been assigned responsibilities
When there is a rep there are not many questions asked by the family
4 or 5 will be absent if there is no mentor (only on phone)
Pi might be a safer space
"random conversation where the family would be afraid of it"
the physical constraints are different, where other people can join in from different place
WE are the safe space online
Physically being in the village, getting an immersive experience is difficult. also constrains the activities that we can design
"We shouldn't forget what we would do if we were there physically"
"a virtual call that covers everyone, there's less information about body language and response"
"more reassuring for them"
"how do we build a relationship. once i get off the call i am unavailable"
"if we could encourage them to engage with each other"
photo-frame making- activities that naturally happen in those spaces. shouldn't forget.
"just for the presence of it. the mentor."
they go an experiment on the devices on their own because they have it - gg
for DB girls- they don't have access so any activities that need for them to see and do
Local spaces might be prejudiced. they are now not limited to that physical space. They are including people they like into extended conversattions.
"because it was virtual, they could share something about their family limiting them. which couldn't have happened with a mentor around"
The immediacy of the opening the virtual world is much more easier now that the first demand is to be online.
"they come to us. share the screen. many personal things."
age, background differences
they see that our thinking is different and we wont be so judgemental