Soita Mummolle


article appeared on voi hyvin
June 17, 2010, 8:07 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Soita Mummolle campaign got its first article this week and it appeared on Voi Hyvin magazine. (click on the image to have an enlargeable version)

Other highlights of the week? The 3rd Soita Mummolle Street Action took place and 30 new people donated their picture to our cause, but only one person showed up to participate… too bad! Please people, be active and come the the actions: the more people, the more fun and the more pictures we manage to collect.

Who doesn’t come to the Street Actions make grandmas and kittens (like this one, photographed by one of our fans) cry.

Stefania



surveys’ results

THE SURVEY IS FINALLY CLOSE!

The winner of the Stockmann Gift Card will be announced personally via e-mail later today.
324 people replied to the main survey and I want to thank them for their help! It was amazing how far the survey spread on the internet!
I didn’t get a good panel for the “over 60” survey, so for the moment I won’t publish any result: I will try to get more answers by personal interviews.
I will analize more in details the results and publish them on this blog (analyzing patterns according to age and sex, for example), but for now you can check the general results from the survey section on this blog.

Some reflections coming into your mind reading these data? Please, share them with us! 🙂



soita mummolle street action #2

The second Street Action took place on Wednesday, among some problems: I was sick and I couldn’t participate in person and the weather seemed quite uncertain until the very end. But thanks to the efforts and the energies of Anu, Jussi, Duong and Yan (thank you very much guys!), who volunteered for this Action everything turned out very fine and we got more support pictures as planned!

Since nobody of them took part in a Street Action before, they said that the beginning was a bit hard: they didn’t know how to stop people and they were feeling shy. But as soon they managed to collect the first photos they became bolder and energized, and convinced more and more people to donate their support picture. Quite successful was the idea to propose group pictures, so even the most reluctant people ended up participating. And once that a group took a picture, also other groups of friends c alled our brave guys and asked to be portraited. 🙂

The team was quite “itinerant”, in only one hour they took pictures in Esplanadi, Mannerheimintie, Ruttopuisto and Kamppi. And it was rather international too: 50% Finnish, 50% foreigners! So, not knowing finnish is just a minor problem, if you are foreigner and you want to participate (I am foreigner myself and I never had bad moments).

So, let’s get ready for the next Street Action on 16th June:  don’t be shy and don’t find excuses, I can promise you that it’s fun, you meet great people and you’re also doing good!  🙂  So, I hope to see you there!
In the meanwhile you can have a look at the great pictures from the last Action on our Facebook Page.

Stefania



soita mummolle fan shirts & bags
May 27, 2010, 2:24 pm
Filed under: online shop, shirts | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Do you want to help spreading the Soita Mummolle’s message? Do you want a nice present for your grandma, grandpa, special one or to your grandchildren? Get today your Soita Mummolle (or Soita Ukille) t-shirt or shopping bag… And be sure to have one before 11th August 2010, the Soita Mummolle Päivä!

This is the address of the online shop: http://soitamummolle.spreadshirt.fi/

So far me and my colleagues in Decode Research Group were the only ones who had the Soita Mummolle t-shirt. But since so much people stopped me on the street asking me “Where can I buy that shirt?”, I decided to make them available for everybody.

Soita Mummolle will use the sales income to cover the campaign expenses, while the surplus will be donated for good causes (read later on our blog where the money will go, I will keep you transparently informed step by step… and if you have good ideas to what activities/charities destnate the moment just email me!). So I am not trying to milk your money, no worries!
According to the website policies where the online shop is hosted -spreadshirt.fi-, Soita Mummolle will receive only a percent of the money you pay for the shirt. And it will be payed every 4 months, only if the amount is the total income at least 50 €. Most of the price you pay will just cover the production costs.

In case the sales are too low and the site won’t pay anything to Soita Mummolle, well, at least you got an awesome t-shirt or bag and helped spreading our motto around! 🙂

Stefania



a great week just ended… let’s keep up this pace until 11th august!

The intensive efforts of last week payed off, the campaign is going great!

The first two external articles appeared on peppar.fi, who took a chance to make very nice interviews with people about how often they call their gradparents, and on Aalto Design Factory’s website (I know, my office is located there, but I swear I didn’t bribe anyone to talk about this!). I should hit the local library and see if some of the press releases I sent to some magazine titllated press’ curiosity, but it might be too early, since I targeted monthly mags so far.
The next step would be getting some nice “lukijan kuva” of the Street Actions or of a Soita Mummolle billposted sign on Metro… I mean, the person who sends the photo might even win some money… but dear readers, I haven’t suggested you anything… 😛

We also got the first couple of positive tweets, let’s hope soon to have more! But the best satisfaction coming from the net was today’s 1000th fan on the Facebook page (and counting)!

Forgetting the press and social media side for a moment, I also wanted to update you about the “Laajasalo adventure”. Together with the super active girls of Sofia-We-Care and some volunteering friends, we spent Friday night in Laajasalo’s Sofia Palvelukoti, preparing the “grannies’free hugs” event. Duong Pham organized all of this: she managed to recruit 15 of us and taught us to fold beautiful origami lily (we folded a full shopping bag overnight!), that were offered as present to the passers-by in the Laajasalo Päivä local fair on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, very few grannies from Sofia house were bold enough to give the free hugs during the fair, so I picked up some of my Soita Mummolle signs and started an improvised Street Action to accompain the lilies’giveaway.

It was a lucky choice, since it allowed me to take more nice pictures and do very good networking: I exchanged my business card with a member of the Finnish parliament who was very interested in the campaign, Arja Karhuvaara (and she also donated a support picture during the Action), and I talked with the local Martat and another seniors’ house of the island. Now we are thinking to organize a “knitting&sauna night” in Sofia Palvelukoti, inviting the Martat and the grannies from both the seniors’homes, plus everybody who share this hobby and wants to join us: the idea is to knit as many hearts as possible, while filling the gap between grannies and younger people that enjoy knitting, steaming hot sauna and perhaps some slice of jolly good apple pie. Tiina Kuisma, the enthusiastic and energetic director of Sofia, suggested the idea and the collaboration, introducing me to her Laajasalo’s fellows.

These knitted hearts will have a very special “guerrilla” role before Soita Mummolle Päivä… but no more revelations, otherwise it won’t be a surprise!

Stefania



Soita Mummolle Street Action #1 was a great kickstart!

Today the first of the Soita Mummolle Street Actions took place in the centre of Helsinki: thanks to the great weather and the cheerful spirit of the participants who showed up to the flash-mob the Action was the best kickstart one could wish!

One team in Kamppi and one team in Esplanadi, we collected many support pictures today, causing surprise, smiles and interest in many passers-by. You can check already almost all the pictures in lower resolution from Facebook, while on Flickr you can find so far most of the hi-res pictures from Esplanadi.
I am waiting for the hi-res pictures to be sent back to me from the other “action-photographers”, so if you want to download the photo of you we took just be patient for some more few days! 🙂

Over 70 people shown their support to the campaign in one hour, donating their picture: so, if you are reading, thank you very much! The mood was nice and some of you were so enthusiast that we got a lot of positive energy. 🙂
The other big “thank you” goes to the action-photographers of today, Maija, Ville, Yanhaun, Anne and Dhiraj: you were great and you’ve done a very good job!

For everybody who is interested to join us in the next round, the calendar of the next Street Actions is this:
2.6
16.6
30.6
21.7
28.7
4.8

I will publish soon the event page on Facebook, and you can sign up for any of this dates with this Google Spreadsheet.
Sign up, it will be as cool as today, if not more: things can only improve!

Stefania



A week full of excitement for Soita Mummolle!

This week will be – and has already been, even if it’s only Monday!- full of excitement and progresses for the Soita Mummolle campaign. Here are briefly some highlights of the good things going on:

  • Today I presented the project to the audience of Aalto Social Impact lectures. Many support pictures were collected, among which one from rapper Signmark, the special guest of the lecture! The mood was great and inspiring, and the story of deaf rapper Signmark really gave food for thoughts to everybody. Check out all the photos from the photo gallery

Signmark & Soita Mummolle

  • A batch of 2500 coloured paper sheets is ready to be soon printed and transformed in Soita Mummolle signs: be ready to see them around the city!
  • Wednesday 19.5 the 1st Soita Mummolle Street Action will take place! Already 6 people signed up for this flash-mob and I am really satisfied about this result, even though it might seem small. Our network is keeping on growing and I am sure that along these summer months more interested people will be willing to join the action with a big smile! 🙂 I am very looking forward to Wednesday, even though I am a bit nervous for the debut and I hope everything will roll out nice and smooth. By the way, you are still in time to join! For more information and the link to the subscription spreadsheet visit the Facebook event page (but PLEASE, just not mark “attending”… use the Google spreadsheet given!)
  • New partners onboard! Negotiations for cooperation with Agricola Church and Sonera are proceeding: both (hopefully) future partners have shown a lot of enthusiasm and positive energy about the Soita Mummolle campaign… I got also in contact with artist Helena Björk, whose master thesis was focused on urban knitting, so we will soon meet and see how is possible to collaborate… but more news will come later, let’s not reveal all the juicy things at once!
  • The Facebook group has been moved to a Facebook page, due to the high number of fans, and in the migration it collected already 156 “likes” in only one day 🙂 So keep on following the campaign on the new page! http://www.facebook.com/SoitaMummolle
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday 18.5, some billposting in TKK and TaiK, before the schools get completely empty for the summer

All for now, and remember to call your grandparents!

Stefania



JOIN IN SOITA MUMMOLLE STREET ACTIONS

Do you want to give a hand to the Soita Mummolle campaign in a fun and personal way?
No money needed, just a little bit of your time and your personality…
Hitting the streets of Helsinki this summer, Soita Mummolle Street Action is a collective, fun, interactive event outdoors with a good message to spread.

Dates
May: 19th
June: 2nd, 16th, 30th
July: 21st, 28th
August: 4th
Time
17.30 – 19.00 (Including intro, the action itself and the conclusion)
Meeting point
Helsinki Railway Station

A Soita Mummolle Street Action is somethin simple, in only 11 steps:

– Leave from home and remember to bring your digital camera!

– We are meeting in front of Helsinki Railway Station at 17.30

– We are given Soita Mummolle signs

– Either alone or in couples we are reaching a busy spot in the city center

– We show the Soita Mummolle sign to the passer-bys, just standing, smiling, searching for eye contact with the people

– If a passer-by reacts in some way (smiling back, laughing, commenting, asking, keeping the eye contact…) then you are going to ask “Do you think this is a good message?”.
From then you have to try to engage in a short conversation, leading to the point of: “This is a campaign to sensitize against seniors’ loneliness. We don’t want your money, but can we take a picture of you, showing this sign? Then we are going to publish it on our blog as a sign of your personal support to this cause: we are trying to collect as many pictures as possible!”

– Take the photo!

– Leave the sign to the person, telling that s/he can see the picture taken at the blog or Facebook address written on the sign

– Try to collect as many pictures as possible

– All the participants are meeting back at the train station at 19.00 and tell each other how did it go

– The participants have to upload the pictures taken on Soita Mummolle Facebook page as soon as possible, giving as title place and date (e.g. Kamppi, 2.6.2010). Join the group and you will be enabled to upload your pics!
The address of the Facebook page is facebook.com/SoitaMummolle

To sign up for a suitable date, please use this form: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEN3enpRSWQ1QWR1anpmbi03TklBX2c6MQ

If you want to take part in one of these actions, but none of these time suits you, write to soita.mummolle@gmail.com and we can arrange something together! 🙂



public knitting event?

Ideas of a collaborative “knitting graffiti” event boiling in my head… I wonder if seniors would participate together with younger knitting-fans in something like this? http://bit.ly/38yxVw

I was speaking about this with Andrew, a doctoral student in Media Lab (Aalto University School of Art and Design), and I found these practices so inspiring: soft yet rebellious, they put public authorities in doubt if getting rid of them or keeping them. It is a visible form of guerrilla art, but in the same moment is so mild and sympathetic that you would feel like a brute in tearing away the knits…

I would like to create an event that would bring together people from different ages, held in a public space, hopefully outdoors during a lovely sunny summer day, helping to fill the generation gap. I just wonder if seniors would appreciate some kind of fun, lively knitting public intervention in the city environment, or they would consider it as an act of vandalism…

Your opinions?

Stefania



soita mummolle on twitter!
April 28, 2010, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Communications | Tags: , , ,

Hei!
From today you can follow the developments of Soita Mummolle campaign also on Twitter.
Be welcome at http://twitter.com/SoitaMummolle and help building up a dialogue and a community!

Stefania