There are three practices at the centre of participatory process: hosting, harvesting and organizing. I have been learning a lot about the key role the coordinators and organizers play in the success of our work, particularly on the more complex pieces of work. Here's a few reflections:
Check out this short video blog on what are the group sizes that shift the design, methods and approach ...
What are the best ways to market our open and public events? What type of invitation works and what doesn't? Some thoughts and questions from me, and I would love to hear your experience ...
A collaboration between Tim Merry and Tuesday Ryan Hart . We are excited to share our 2017 online offerings! Our new Art of Hosting Webinar Series begins February 16, and the fourth iteration of our Leading Effective Meetings online course begins in April. If you'd like even more time with us, consider joining our Advanced Leadership coaching. Check out our video on what's coming in 2017. See you online!
Tuesday Ryan Hart and I have been working on a model for systems change and equity ... it is exciting! Here's a short video blog with a little bit about why we are doing it and how we are going about it:
"I love the new Mahone Bay playground. It says to me, "families are welcome to live here!" It's the Mahone Bay equivalent of a neon sign inviting people like me to settle. My wife and I have three kids and have chosen to stay in this area because of the community of young families who live here. I used to describe the phenomenon as "instacommunity" - we move into the area, add water, stir a bit and boom! - community.
Therefore, it was with a mixture of sadness and exasperation that I heard the story from the Mahone Bay mayoral debates. At the debates one of the candidates said he did not want Mahone Bay to become a "grey haired ghetto" to which the reply from one audience member was "what's wrong with a grey haired ghetto?" The room of around 150 people dissolved into laughter, apart from the small group of parents who had managed to find babysitters and came to participate in the event ..." Read the full article here
We have lost some greats of music this year and there have been some incredible new artists, and new tunes by existing artists, to listen to. I am lucky to have a bevvy of friends who recommend music to me. My ears have been blessed with atmospheric electronica like Badbadnotgood, Gogo Penguin and Floating Points (all Gary), De La Soul are back to their best, Nick Cave broke my heart (Karl), The Incredible String Band (Toke) woke me up, Roots Manuva took me back to my twenties and I felt happy every time I listened to Julian Dore, Le Lac. And, if you haven't listened to Kate Tempest's new album (Matt), go do it now. Here are are a few of the other artists that kept coming back on my playlist. I hope you enjoy them and they put wind in your sails for 2017. It is amazing what beauty pours from the hearts of humans!
I was finally able to set up my record player (a result of moving house) and it has been great to pull out some Vinyl. I am lucky enough my old friend, Anna, is with a fellow who runs a record shop in Amerstdam called Plato. They have sent the Vinyl LP of Urban Hymns by The Verve! My mate, Jonty, has also convinced me it is time to get some of the The Specials on vinyl too ... and because it is new year here's one more track, Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) ...
What are you listening to?
If you could order anything on vinyl for 2017, what would it be?
In 2016 we worked on the Spring Garden West Public Engagement - it as was great process that lead to major changes in the design influenced by the public input. Here is a video from the developer talking about how they think development should be happening based on their experience working with us. I hope it could be useful for anyone trying to build a case for proper engagement in the design of infrastructure:
Follow the process from the beginning. This document illustrates the collaborative process on how the design evolved based on a dialogue between the public, the developer and design professionals. I hope this illustration of the engagement process can be used as material to support other projects. Check it out here or download it below:
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