My Sky is Falling (MSIF) is an experience design that harnesses technology and story to create empathy for the challenges faced by foster care children. MSiF was presented at Envision and DIY Days. Envision is a program of IFP in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information. Guided by immersive performances and sensor technologies, participants in MSiF uncovered a dystopian sci-fi tale. The ending showed MSiF’s roots in real experiences of foster care.



MSIF Collaborators and Designers

LYDIA JOYNER: Elements of the storyline were drawn from the life of Lydia Joyner, who was once a foster child. Lydia is the social media lead and writer of MSIF.

DEDRICK: Close to aging out of the foster care system, Dedrick shared his story and insights in a design session with the Columbia Students.

Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, Board Chair/Co-Founder Echo Garrett
The Harmony Institute
Columbia University
Affectiva Q Sensors, Founder and Director Professor Rosalind Picard, Sc.D.
Moveable Feast Mobile Media, Founder and CEO Steve Schultz

Executive Producer: Lance Weiler
Creative Director: Atley Loughridge
Producer: Reka Posta

Design Team
Design Director: Laura Arena
Sound Design: Darryl Montgomery
Aesthetic Design: Tessa Mauclere
Installation Design: Jennifer Cox
Interactive Sound Design: Mikhail Iliatov

Social Advocacy
Writer and Social Impact Lead: Lydia Joyner
Social Impact from You Gotta Believe: Heather Henderson
Consultant and Musician from You Gotta Believe: Fekri Kram

Tech Team
Technical Design, Columbia University student: Paul (Binyan) Chen
Senior Creative Technologist from the Harmony Institute: Clint Beharry
Research Analyst from the Harmony Institute: Sarah Henry
Intern from the Harmony Institute: Sol Jorgensen
Data Visualization: Mini Kim

Columbia University Students
Writer and Theatre Director: Lena Rudnick
Theatre Director: Vyasar Ganesan
Sensory Experience Design and Debriefing: Toyin Adeyemi
Experimental Film Projections: Hannah Bisewski
Story and Animation: Munire Bozdemir
Documentation: Kathy Zhang

Maggie Herskowitz
Abigail Pechman
Victoria Miller
Danielle Brewer
Mei-Lin Campbell
Clarence Leonard
Kenny Govea
Cayley Waldo
Paolo Solis
Paul Krasner
Holly Crane


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