PUBLISHED BY SOPHIE
This Thursday was the CBL Forum. My group and I enjoyed this experience because we got to show everyone what we had been working on for the past month. It was slightly challenging making sure that everyone coming up to our table could have someone from our group talking to them because there is only three of us and sometimes more of them. We all presented the same things but to different people. When we were talking about our problem we talked about how we went from labor trafficking and then narrowed it down to people not being aware of companies they buy from a lot, restaurants they go to, and stores they go to not treating their employees well. When we presented our solution, which was our symbol, we talked about what our symbol meant. When presenting our solution we also included our next steps, showed them our website, and let them interact with the website and see what it was like. I think we all learned that we need to explain things more because we realized that not everyone knew what labor trafficking was.
PUBLISHED BY TESS
We are very close to completing our project. As for our solution, the website was fully completed last week. We went through and made sure that everything worked perfectly and that the whole thing ran smoothly. Our final website design is this, on the home page, it talks about our project and what we are trying to do. Then on our about us page (which is still a work in progress), it says who we are. On the next page, you get to see what our solution would look like in action. It comes up like this.
When you click on search it takes you to how our symbol would look on google maps once our solution is fully implemented. If we continued to work on this project after CBL, our goal would be to actually get our symbol on google maps, so that whenever you search up that store you will easily know if it has good labor practices or not. We have also made a lot of progress on our poster for the presentation. The layout is complete. By the end of Monday, we had finished writing the Next Steps, and Problem portion of our poster. However, on Wednesday we realized that the font was too small and no one was going to read. So we made our solution writing the right size. Then we had to work hard in order to cut down our Problem and Next Steps piece of writing in order to help it fit our poster. Our data is also going well we have gotten 31 people to fill out the survey and the results were as we hoped. In the image below the "this" is our bad labor practices symbol.
We then spell checked and grammar checked every piece of writing that will go towards our grade. We did all of the writing on the poster. Everyone's blog posts, and the rest of that website. We also finished checking our solution website.
PUBLISHED BY, SERENITY
Our solution…..We came up with making a website that if you go on to look up a restaurant, store, organization, or company that you need directions too, a symbol will come up and will let you know that, that certain place has bad labor practices. This helps everyone in our community to know that what they’re about to go buy or eat is supporting something that I horrible and doesn’t benefit us.
Tess which is another female in our group has been drawing the symbol that will pop up when you go search a restaurant, organization, company, or store. Sophie has been creating the website and trying to figure out how it will pop up on google maps. I have collected data to even see if this will benefits anyone and if people regularly use google maps. We all have been working on the poster for class.
There have been a couple of difficulties within this project and finding our solution. We didn’t know if we wanted to make another symbol to basically say that this means the company, store, organization, or restaurant has good labor practice. We handled that by collecting data to see if it was even worth spending time on and we found out it wasn’t so now we are just focusing on building the bad labor practice solutions portion of the project.
As I explained earlier our solution is going to be implemented on google maps. The way we collected data was we made a survey, and went around and asked staff members at our school to take it.
PUBLISHED BY, SOPHIE
On the first day of class today we created our symbol. We had many different options and we weren’t sure if we should just make one for companies with bad labor practices or make one for companies with bad labor practices and one for companies with good labor practices. In the end, we decided just to make one for companies with bad labor practices. We chose to draw a symbol with two hands handcuffed to one another which is down below. When Tess was drawing the symbol on her iPad she accidentally drew it on the wrong layer so she had to redraw it. Then on the Second day, we had class we did many things including making our survey to send out to 7th grade and interview adults to see if our solution would be helpful. Serenity talked to Cielo for about half an hour to make sure that our survey was okay to send out. While Serenity was talking to Cielo, I talked to Josh because whenever I tried making a website from my account it wouldn’t work and even Josh couldn’t figure it out so then Tess figured out how to do it on her account. That day we also made a list of a few companies with good labor practices and a few companies with bad labor practices. I then looked them up on google maps and took screenshots of it. On the third and final day of the week, we did many things. One thing that happened was Tess started to work on the homepage for the second website and completed it. We also went to the CTL and main office to ask people to fill out the survey. We also had everyone in our class fill out the survey. Finally, we took screenshots of the pages on google maps with the companies we looked up that had bad labor practices and put our symbol on them.
PUBLISHED BY, TESS
Today we started with a checklist. This is a checklist of all the things that we should have done. So far, the only thing from that checklist we still haven’t done was to call an organization and conduct an interview. However, we have tried calling and emailing countless different times and have not been able to get in contact with anyone. Then we began to work on our solution. We started out the day narrowed down to five solutions. Getting people who sign a certain document to have a good sign in their window, putting signs in public libraries, making reporting easier, a class given to seniors so they are aware of what workforces are dangerous, have a website that says what companies are bad and good. First, we narrowed it down to putting signs in public libraries, a class is given to seniors, and we converted the last idea into simply getting signs ranking labor practices in windows of stores. Finally, we narrowed that all the way down to getting signs in shop windows. We used a lot of the faculty feedback to help us narrow it down this way. This was the solution that they had the least concerns and seems the most excited about. Then we used some more faculty feedback to help us change our idea to make it more realistic. We are going to add a logo to an unbiased website such as Google Maps. That way when people look up the store for any reason they will immediately know if they use bad labor practices or not. We are currently brainstorming what our logo will look like. We are thinking maybe cuffed hands for bad. For collecting data to see how it will affect our community we are going to send out a survey to see how likely someone would be to buy a jacket (or something). Then we are going to send out another survey to see if they would buy the same object if it had our bad stamp on it. We also worked on our website. We finished as much of our website we can finish right now. We also came up with a name, our name is Unbound LAbor. We capitalized the “LA” for Los Angeles since that is where we are based. We completed our solution document which tells about our solution and how we got to that point.
PUBLISHED BY, SERENITY
Over the course of this week, my group and I completely narrowed down our problem and brainstormed a lot of solutions to that particular problem and different directions we could go in from there. Our finalized problem is “not enough people are aware of the criminal labor practices happening in LA because of many things such as isolation from their culture, not knowing English, or just not being told about it”. The way we found this particular problem was doing lots of research on the different things people do and don’t know about Labor Trafficking, and what was the most common trait that people that got lured in have.
The main solutions we are considering are “people who sign transparency thing to get the good symbol in windows, signs at public libraries, a class given to seniors so they are aware of what workforces are dangerous, have a website that says what companies are bad and good”. These solutions are used each in different ways but the main focus on all of them is awareness and even though Kevin said “awareness presentations make for crappy projects” awareness isn’t all we are doing. We are trying to get people involved. These solutions aren’t In place anywhere, although my group and I really do think these can be helpful to not only our project but in our community. They way these solutions can improve is, we can narrow it down even more and try to do a little more research on our solution only. Lastly what we might do differently is this week our goal is to try and get our solution less on the side of awareness and more on the side of we can do this and that to make an actual change within everyday life.
PUBLISHED BY, SOPHIE
This was the first week of our CBL project. We started with the broad topic of human trafficking and narrowed it down to sex trafficking. From that topic, we made a mind map and then later that night decided we didn’t want to do sex trafficking anymore so we decided to do labor trafficking. Then we did some research on labor trafficking and decided three different topics we could narrow it down to. These topics were raising awareness for possible victims, finding a specific industry where labor trafficking constantly happens, and raising awareness to stay away from companies that use unfair labor practices. We still have not narrowed it down completely but are hoping to have it done by the beginning of next week.
Sophie, Serenity, and Tess.