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Week 11 – PlayVision

Saturday, November 21st, 2009


With Marcos gone to pursue a PhD in Australia, the project Luke, Emmanuelle and myself have been working on has finally taken shape. It’s been a tough few weeks. For quite a bit of the time it didn’t feel like we were getting anywhere. Then Vannesa stepped in to help. She began by getting us to identify the various components of the project.  Then, once we had done this, we were then asked to draw an image of how we saw the project. These initial drawings were quite different from one another but allowed us to see our different perspectives.

Then Vannesa asked us to do a second drawing, only this time the drawing needed to convey a narrative of how we saw the process working. At first it seemed these drawings shared no common features but after some discussion, it we began to discover overlapping ideas. We then synthesised these ideas and created a third iteration. This third iteration is what has brought us to our process, which we feel very confident about.

Our process is called PlayVision.

The main concept underpinning PlayVision is that children can become teachers. With our process, we plan on stimulating the imaginations of some of the local children and let them tell us what Clongriffin will look like in the future. Developing this theme further, we are then going to get the children to collaborate with their parents and teach them about what they have learned.

» Brian

Trail 11 – Planting Doffodil bulbs

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Daffodil Bulb Promotion

We’ve been working hard on promoting our project, making posters, flyers and small boxes with bulbs in. These boxes are now with the local businesses who very kindly let us put our posters in their windows. We were delighted to hear that some of the people working there had already heard about our project and thought it was a great idea.

We’ve made a plan for Saturday 21st: We will meet a group of residents and bring them on a walk. They will be invited to plant their daffodil bulbs. We will then ask people what their wishes for the trail are and they will then light tealights in floating yellow flowers (yellow is our colour) and celebrate with mulled wine.

We have also contacted other groups who’ve worked on similar projects to see if they could give us some advice. Our engineer from the Dublin City Council (DCC) has given us some valuable information regarding land ownership as well as a contact list which will help us develop the project further.

» Susan » Aileen

Week 11 – Cardboard office

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Cardboard office

The Grow Local team spent the weekend foraging around the back of Centra and the Smithfield fruit market for cardboard. Once we had enough gathered, we brought it to the suite on the main street of Clongriffin and — with the help of some special volunteers — set about making our cardboard office.

Once the cardboard office was up and running, we put out a call for residents to come to the space and give us their feedback. We have been distributing fliers to publicise our meeting, which will take place on Thursday evening from 19.30 – 21:00 in suite 60 on the main street of Clongriffin.

The 3 concepts are:

  1. Asset map
    Can we create a network for local exchange by showing people the assets that are in their community?
  2. Office Share
    Can we pool local resources and needs to fill one of the empty shop units with office support facilities such as printing, meeting rooms and secretarial services for businesses and self employed people in the area?
  3. Shop Share
    Can we pool local resources to fill one of the empty shop units with 100 shops and services. Can we do this by providing a space where local businesses can give demonstrations of their products and services in an open space with free wifi to encourage people to use the space?

» Eilish