Kia ora and welcome

We would like to warmly invite you to the 2020 Camapaign Page for our non-profit website lightcolourvision.org

We created lightcolourvision.org to be an empowering and inspirational resource for students, educators and researchers of all ages who share our interest and concern for the lives and education of future generations. As it’s name suggests the site explores light, colour, vision and how to see more.

The video above provides a short introduction to the project, you can navigate the rest of the site using the menu at the top of the page.

2019: Launch and proof of concept

We opened lightcolourvision.org with a launch party and crowdfunding campaign in May 2019.  50 supporters helped raise NZ$2745.00 which enabled us to go public and start to map out the road ahead.

2020: Building on our success

2020 is about building on our success. The site now has over 550 pages and visitor numbers have grown from 8,000 per month to over 12,000 in the last 5 months. The table below provides a summary of all the resources available for free to visitors.

Lightcolourvision Jan 2020
Number of pagesDescription
Images134Visitors can instantly download high quality version of all the diagrams on the site from the Resource library.
Articles2Library of fully illustrated articles exploring light, colour, vision and how to see more.
Resource library
138Library of images dealing with key concepts, in the form of diagrams and slides, supported by full-page explanations.
References library
264Reference library of key terms used across the site including definition, explanation and bullet points. Each term appears on a separate page. Additional pages provide short summaries of key concepts.
Questions and answers176Pop-up general-knowledge Q&A’s with in-text links to the Reference library

How you can help!

Explore the site and send us your feedback. What you see today is our proof of concept, a prototype demonstrating masses of functionality and a wide range of different types of content. We are keen to receive your thoughts and feedback on our work so far! So please use the feedback button on each page, and help us big-time with your comments.

Make a donation!! Our first target for the year is to meet our basic running costs. So, we hope our efforts to date will inspire you to support what we are doing and help us build to the next level.

Get involved.

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Thank you to everyone who helped us make 2019 such a success!!

YES!! To all of you, our supporters, THANK YOU AGAIN 🙂

Love and best wishes from Ric and Jules

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The story so far

Over the last three years, we have developed the original concept for lightcolourvision.org into a fully-functioning website. Important choices have now been made between different kinds of functionality and features, and we have added a huge amount of content to this prototype. Visitors can now see the result of our efforts including pages and pages of content in both the Resource libray and the Reference library.

During 2020 we hope to spread our wings further and start to build a bigger community around the site. With a little help, we plan to reach out first to organisations and individuals across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The vision

The website celebrates the common ground that binds human beings together in ways that we hope everyone can identify with.

Our approach to developing content is shaped by the fact that our thoughts are focused first on young minds and how to support them to make sense of themselves and their world.

Lightcolourvision.org challenges contemporary threats to open, diverse, inclusive and well-informed communities by advocating and demonstrating an appreciation of and care for each other and our world. To achieve this, we disseminate information and promote discussion of the very real processes that interconnect and sustain us on planet earth.

We are committed to responding to the call for people to make web-content that is rich and relevant to communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity and use the open web as a global public resource for people everywhere.

Lightcolourvision.org is designed as a multi-disciplinary curriculum resource able to function effectively within a range of educational contexts. But it is also designed to play a part in ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated life-long learning. In both contexts, it aims to enhance active citizenship, personal development and self-sustainability.

The team

We are Ric Mann and Jules Turner, the founders and the initial contributing editors of lightcolourvision.org. You can read background information and our personal statements here.

And in case you were wondering, yes, everything you see on the site today has been produced on a voluntary basis because we are both committed to this project big time!!

GOALS FOR 2020

Goals for 2020

Three over-arching goals for 2020 are outlined below:

2020 GOAL ONE: Commission the redesign of the site
The current design of lightcolourvision.org reflects the process we have worked through towards the proof of concept.

An important goal for 2020 is to give the site a contemporary interface with architecture that enables us to move from a free-standing resource to a platform that enables citizens (registered users) to get involved as contributing editors etc.

This means commissioning a web-designer who understands our values-based objectives and can provide the site with a corresponding look and feel. They will also help us to develop functionality that enables citizens to engage with one another in discussion and moderation of existing content and also enable them to create new resources.

 

2020 GOAL TWO: Complete all sixteen hand-crafted articles
Complete the package of sixteen hand-crafted and illustrated articles that link our central topics of inquiry – light, colour, vision and how to see more.

These articles introduce and explore the interlinking clusters of concepts and terms that are used across the site. They also help to expose the underlying research interests that motivate us as we develop lightcolourvision.org.

The intention is that these articles clearly demonstrate the quality of content we aspire to.

 

2020 GOAL THREE: Build a community of citizens
In educational terms, an effective community enables its members to set goals, develop key competencies and realize their full personal and social potential.

We hope that everyone who signs-in, subscribes to our newsletter or provides feedback recognizes that they are valued members of the lightcolourvision.org community.

The idea of citizenship has already been introduced but growing an online community is clearly a step-by-step process.

An important step for 2020 is to develop functionality so that visitors who sign in as contributing editors can communicate directly with one another and so enable a decentralized community of citizens with shared interests and a sense of shared ownership of its content.

OUR AUDIENCE

Who is it lightcolourvision.org for?

Students

Lightcolourvision.org aims to enable students involved in their own lines of inquiry – writing essays, developing presentations, preparing resources or creating artwork. Others may use the site to check facts or to improve their understanding of the topics we cover.

Educators

The site aims to resource teachers and educators who need to access resources that enable them to engage students with the topics we cover.

Our articles, for example, aim to provide consistently argued overviews of topics that draw on families of concepts/terms supported by a knowledge-base of definitions, explanations and additional information.

Our diagrams aim to provide an engaging and informative visual counterpoint to discussion within each topic.

Researchers of all ages

Our own academic, professional and personal research underpins the website. Our interests span the visual arts, the philosophy of design, visual arts education and curriculum development. We see lightcolourvision.org as a beacon for discussion of contemporary issues in a shadowed world.

We recognise that the needs of these three interest groups differ. With this in mind, the site targets a general readership first. As a result, content is organised so that the most accessible information is presented first, followed by additional content and links to further resources. Terms and concepts follow the same pattern meaning that new vocabulary is introduced paragraph by paragraph.

ResearchClassroomStudent General
Images 🗸🗸🗸🗸
Explanations🗸🗸🗸🗸
Downloads🗸🗸🗸🗸
In-line links🗸🗸🗸
Bibliography🗸🗸🗸
Q&A’s🗸🗸🗸
Articles🗸🗸
Citizenship🗸

The relevance of content to different types of users

TARGETS FOR 2020

Targets for 2019

We have a set of targets for 2019 to do with adding content. You can get a sense of the range of tasks from the table below:

Targets for 2020
DetailsProgress so far
Edit and proof Final edit and proof of everything uploaded to date30%
ImagesUpload fully researched but unfinished content
ArticlesFinal edit and upload three more completed articles about colour
BibliographyAdd in-line citations, footnotes and bibliography
PhotographyEstablish the photography section

Working on the design and functionality of the site is a distraction from developing new content that we hope to overcome during 2019. The chart below shows progress so far towards our targets for the year.

 

Site content: Progress towards 2020 targets

CURRENT FEATURES

A list of current features and links to examples

FeaturesDetailsExamples
Images Library of images in the form of diagrams and slides supported by full-page explanationsExample
ArticlesLibrary of illustrated articles exploring light, colour, vision and how to see moreExample
ReferencesReference library of key terms used across the site including definition, explanation and bullet pointsExample
Q&A’sPop-up general-knowledge Q&A’s with in-text links to the reference libraryExample
In-line linksFunctionality that highlights keywords and links to the reference libraryExample
BibliographyIn-line citations and footnotes are used throughout the site and link to the bibliography.
Free downloadsFunctionality to download images and articles in formats suited to a range of different usesExample
CitizenshipFunctionality to enable and encourage user involvement

Table showing the existing features of lightcolourvision.org

FUNDRAISING AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Lightcolourvision.org operates under the auspices of MediaStudies Trust, an incorporated society registered as a Charitable Trust in New Zealand. The financial management of lightcolourvision.org including all forms of fundraising and financial accountability is the responsibility of the trust.

 

All funding campaign for lightcolourvision.org are intended to encourage support, involvement and collaboration in the project and help fund project development during 2020.

PLEDGE NZ$20 OR MORE (£10.50)

RECEIVE: Citizenship
Because you made a real difference!

INCLUDES:
Honorary citizenship (with no obligations).
Regular newsletter containing project updates.
Appreciation and thanks measured in tons.
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PLEDGE NZ$50 OR MORE (£25.80)

RECEIVE: Citizenship (Honours)
Because you made a big difference!

INCLUDES:
Honorary citizenship (with no obligations).
Regular newsletter containing project updates.
Appreciation and thanks measured in tons.
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PLEDGE NZ$200 OR MORE (£103.30)

RECEIVE: Citizenship (1st Class Hons)
Because you made a huge difference!

INCLUDES:
Honorary citizenship (with no obligations).
Regular newsletter containing project updates.
Appreciation and thanks measured in tons.
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Lightcolourvision.org is a non-profit project operating under the auspices of MediaStudies Trust, an incorporated society registered as a charitable trust in New Zealand