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Emotional Cities

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The Swedes are ahead of the game yet again. Emotional Cities is a website that makes the emotions of your own city visible.

Website: here

Week 4 – Process Design

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

With the groupings of stakeholders developed around key themes, questions began to jump out at the team. To find out answers to these questions, the team began developing processes for each group of stakeholders, which would provoke key insights and deepen our understanding of the City. The team are learning how to create, design and run a process with the advice of Paul and Kristin fresh in their minds. The 6 groupings, themes and processes are top secret! They will be tested on friends of Designing Dublin on Wednesday and Thursday next week, so all will be revealed then…..

Week 4 – Volunteer Night 2 ‘Pitch Night’

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

With the Love the City team frantically immersing themselves in the project, we felt it time to open the doors and met all of the wonderful people who have let us know that they would like to be involved in Love the City in some way. Two weeks previously, we held a meeting to listen and find out what people are interested in doing. At the moment, we are exploring three ways of engaging a part-time volunteer group with Love the City:

1. Project Genies. These are people who have an idea, concept or have identified an issue and would like to run a project around this with the support of Designing Dublin 2.0 – Love the City.

2. Shout it out. This is perfect for someone who would like to get involved in communicating Designing Dublin 2.0 – Love the City.

3. Project Ambassadors. This role involves partaking in workshops, events or opening as part of Designing Dublin 2.0 – Love the City.

‘Pitch Night’ was an opportunity for potential Project Genies to pitch their ideas, concept, issue, niggling feeling, half baked notion and the group to feedback and then vote to see which had the potential to go further. The evening was a great success, with 18 projects spanning many disciplines, areas of interests and perspectives pitched! The power of the people in the room to have an impact in the City Centre was truly inspiring. If 1, 3, or even 5 of these projects became real, they would spark positive change in the City.

If you would love to get involved as a volunteer also, please email Eimear (eimear@design21c.com) and if you missed ‘Pitch Night’ but have an idea that would transform the City, please come along to a Volunteer meeting and pitch, pitch, pitch! Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings every two weeks. The next meeting will be Wednesday 27th October from 6 to 7:30 in our offices in Ormond Building, Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7.

Week 4 – Dick and Peter, work with team

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

In Week 3, the team developed a working matrix of stakeholders in the City. The challenge for Week 4 was to begin creating groupings from the list of stakeholders who would make a dynamic group to interview. It’s a challenging task as combinations are infinite. By starting anywhere, the team developed 6 strong matching’s around various themes. Questions relating to each grouping were also developed. To test and develop these groupings, Dick Gleeson, City Planner and Peter Leonard, who is working on a Grafton Street project, joined us to share their mental zip drive of contacts and key stakeholders. They have an intimate knowledge of Dublin City and its people, which they generously gave the Love the City team access to!

Week 4 – Malmö City Council visit

Monday, October 4th, 2010

This afternoon, we were joined by a taskforce from Malmö City Council who were interested in learning more about the Love the City project. They are working to tackle issues around the City’s core engagements and values, through the medium of storytelling. The team is made up of 50 group leaders from various backgrounds and departments, from teachers to communications. With Malmö City’s focus shifting from shipping to the knowledge economy, their project aims to:

1. Establish a cross-sectional climate in the City

2. Establish a new foundation of values

3. Transform the City Council into an appealing employer for young people

The Malmö team engaged with the KaosPilots to develop a process to get insights and stories of City workers who had gone beyond the call of duty for their City. The process involved 1,000 people in Management positions working for the City going to a cabin in the forest in groups of 70 for 24 hours, where the group leaders worked with them to gain insights and create videos of the stories. They came to Dublin to hear of projects, which tap into Dublin’s special qualities and make it exceptional to both its citizens and the public authority. The overlaps between the two projects, who had never met or crossed paths before was startling!

Week 4 – ‘What is Dublin For?’ visit

Monday, October 4th, 2010

‘What is Dublin For?’ is a fellow project of the Creative Dublin Alliance, exploring the identity of Dublin. In order to give the Designing Dublin 2.0 Love the City team a better understanding of the work they have done and the insights the work has provoked, we were joined by Mark from the Brand Union and Aileen who began the project as a student in DIT and is now working on the project full-time. The project began as a collaboration between The Brand Union, as well as students from Michael Smurfit School of Business and the DIT Masters in Professional Design Practice.

Mark firstly discussed the importance of having a genuine and positive identity for a City, giving the example of Delhi, where huge amounts had been invested in the identity of the City but the recent issues around the Commonwealth games brought to light the inconsistency between the Cities identity and its reality, “Places are what places do, not what places say they do”. The project is currently at the research and discovery phase, and they have engaged in four methods of inquiry: desk research, qualitative interviews with key Dublin figures, workshops with citizens and wider public engagement using social media. From this research, they have uncovered nineteen insights and associated opportunities. This comprehensive information was welcomed by the Love the City team, who are now facing the task of exploring the workings of the City.