Every object has a story

on Wednesday, 14 July 2010. Posted in N21 Community

                   
Every object has a story attached to it, even stuff that gets donated to charity shops has often been previously loved. Here's how an Oxfam shop in Manchester is taking part in a collaborative project with an organisation called TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) to attach stories to the garments and objects that are donated to them.


People donating items at the Oxfam store were asked to tell a story about the object into a microphone, including when and where they acquired it and any personal stories associated with it. The audio clips were linked to an RFID tag and QR code and items tagged with a story were added to the shop's stock as part of the in-store exhibition.


Visitors to the shop used their own smart phone or a bespoke RFID reader to listen to the stories through speakers in the shop, and were invited to purchase the story-tagged objects.


                                                                           

The idea behind the experiment is to steer people away from thinking of an item's value as purely financial, encouraging them to realise the sentimental value of objects and (maybe) think twice before throwing things away.

Nice idea, why not pass the mesage on?



Every object has a story attached to it, even stuff that gets donated to charity shops has often been previously loved. Here's how an Oxfam shop in Manchester is taking part in a collaborative project with an organisation called TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) to attach stories to the garments and objects that are donated to them.

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