Musicians Rebuilding Professional Networks after Katrina
Method — Opportunistic Interviews
There are a lot of user populations that are not going to respond to an ad on craigslist. In this project, we had to go where our target participants spent time and interview them on the spot.
Recruited musicians, sound engineers, and managers from shows and music events around New Orleans. Conducted semi-structured interviews on sidewalks, in coffee shops, or anywhere we could hear well enough to have a conversation.
Musicians frequently find work through their local social networks. After Hurricane Katrina, how were musicians using communication technologies to rebuild their connections?
Reestablishing social ties after a disaster is as important as meeting one’s material needs. Several “people finder” websites consolidated data about people’s whereabouts after the hurricane, but control over information on these sites was centralized and sluggish. The design opportunity that emerges from this research involves supporting people, even those reeling from a disaster, as they crowdshare responsibility for finding and caring for members of their social networks.