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Week 5 – Testing 6 Processes

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Love the City team tested their processes this week. The outputs were:

6 ways of engaging people tested
6 key questions investigated
28 citizens engaged
10 locations explored
16 issues affecting individuals in the City highlighted
14 questions in balloons exploring people’s motivations for the City discussed
12 hidden gems of the City revealed
3 perspectives on enterprise in the City absorbed
1 toolkit for empowering people in the City created
1 spontaneous project about Hugging Dublin enacted
Endless potentials explored

This work will be compiled into a users toolkit for running a process, available to download. The team are now reflecting and harvesting the information they received during their process, and will use this knowledge when further developing methods of engagement in the future and as a key building block in the Love the City project. A huge thank you to all of the people who gave up their time to join a process, the Love the City team found it an invaluable learning experience.

Week 5 – Refining Processes with Kristin and Paul

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Kristin and Paul joined the team on Monday morning and since then have been zooming in, zooming out, shaking, bouncing and turning the team’s processes around. To begin with, the team rediscovered what we already knew about processes. We then dreamed about what we are capable of doing. They reminded us of the importance when stuck in details to step back and see the bigger picture of Love the City and what we want to achieve this week.

Preparations then began for the processes, focusing on what had to be brought individually in terms of communication skills, preparing oneself and meeting difficulties, what the framework for the process is such as creating the structure, holding the space, hearing all of the voices and keeping relevance and finally how the information would be harvested.

The design of each process was then reviewed with Paul and Kristin offering wonderful insights and advice, encouraging the team to see their processes with new eyes and to let go of assumptions. It’s been a really fruitful and inspiring two days with Paul and Kristin. The processes are now ready to be tested on Wednesday and Thursday with friends of Love the City.