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Global Cities Index 2008

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

In October 2008, monthly periodical Foreign Policy magazine published its annual Global Cities Index. The report – which starts out by questioning what makes a global city? – finds London is number 1 as a cultural experience, that New York has the highest level of human capital but more extraordinarily, Paris has the highest rate of information exchange.

Global Cities Index 2008: here

Week 2 – I love Dublin. This is a project…

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Rounding off the week in style, the Love the City team took to the streets of Dublin prototyping their design project: I love Dublin. This is a project I would love to bring to life…. The team’s design projects related to the favourite ideas developed during the 100 ideas week and voted on by the team. Prototypes of a positive protest, interactive story telling, gratitude banks, story chair at junctions and history on the luas, brought the City to light, putting smiles on people’s faces, causing a ruckus, reminding people of what’s been before and gathering the spirit of the City. The team learned to start small, work fast and adapt their projects as they went. The push is now for the projects to grow, diversify and gain in depth.

Summary of Storytelling

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Summary of Spirit

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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Week 2 – 100 examples x 100 ideas

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The team completed their 100 x 100 task, producing 100 examples and 100 ideas around the different themes explored in the launch week. After printing and mounting all of the examples, surrounding and enveloping us all, the room suddenly became a hotbed of inspiration! Next came the dissemination of all the work, with everyone presenting their top 10 examples around the selected themes of Storytelling and Spirit. This exploration gave the team a huge insight into the variety of perspectives, opinions and ideals held by each individual in the room. The examples served as a window into the mind, with recurring themes, thought patterns and curiosities pinned to a board for the team to contemplate.
After the themes of Storytelling and Spirit were explored, the task of pulling together the key narrative from each person’s examples began. By bringing together these key examples, both the themes of Storytelling and Spirit became more rounded, dynamic and spirited.

Task completed, we moved onto study the 100 ideas. With everyone’s 100 ideas clinging via post-its to boards, each team member presented his or her ideas around either the themes of Storytelling and Spirit to the rest of the team in 2 minutes flat! The team then had 30 seconds to vote for their two favourite ideas related to each theme. Working with this looseness, they each then had to start preparing for their Friday challenge; I love Dublin. This is a project I would love to bring to life….

Week 2 – Spirit of Dublin

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Rounding off five days of soaking the team in different perspectives, jolting them with energy and illuminating the infinite nooks and crannies of the City, the focus of the last day was on the Spirit of Dublin. To help the team explore this spirit, we invited in two key caretakers of Dublin – Jim Dunne of Design21C and Cllr Emer Costello, former Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Jim brought the team through the stages of the ongoing branding of Dublin project, entitled ‘What’s Dublin for?’ which will influence the identity of the City for the next 5, 10, 20 years. Explaining to the team that branding was about identity and meaning for the past, present and future, he laid out the success criteria of this project: that the identity be ‘compelling and truthful’. A ‘compelling’ identity will get you to the City and a ‘truthful’ identity will get you coming back over and over again. A sense of authenticity underpins all of this work. Jim brought valuable insights into listening, opening people up to change, and considering and including all of the different perspectives.

Cllr Emer Costello shared with us her genuine passion for the City and her experiences of the City from the unique perspective of Lord Mayor, from 2009 to 2010. During her tenure as Lord Mayor, she championed a number of different projects to bring about economic regeneration to the City, conducting two explorations through the Commission on Employment of Dublin as an International Student City and Dublin as a Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation.  She also conveyed the complexities of the political system she works in, its limits and challenges. A slideshow of the various events she attended in the space of the year brought to light the infinite groups, clubs, organisations, societies and perspectives on the City.

After the speakers, the team marched on to their 100 examples and 100 ideas!