Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life,
or whether that station will be held by anybody else,
these pages must show.
To begin my life with the beginning of my life,
I record that I was born...
- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
Dean Olsen, a GIS Certificate Student at UW-Madison, has combined his life experiences together to form a start-up, LifeMapping. As a direct care worker for patients with Alzheimer's Dean recognized that families didn't stay long, or visit that frequently. He also realized that talking about the past brought comfort to those for whom he was caring. Combining those observations with his background in Geography and Advertising, he conceptualized LifeMapping. A platform that helps people navigate their life stories, through thought-provoking questions. It is also a source of an activity that cuts through generational barriers, opening opportunities for communication. Finally, Dean acknowledges that stories are what saved his life. Learn more about the project through a recent video compiled by the University of Wisconsin, and reach out if you have questions or are interested in supporting LifeMapping. About two years ago, Dean brought his project to the Cart Lab. Since then, we've been working together to create mock-ups, run a survey, talk with interested parties, and pair students with the project. Dean continues to look for a technology lead, and funding to give the project wings. The student employees at the State Cartographers Office are working on a prototype which will show the concepts of the platform.
LifeMapping, because everything happens somewhere.