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Week 6 – Steering Group Presentation

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Today, the steering group came in for the first time, to review the work of the Love the City team to date, and provide advice as the project moves forward. Stepping back and reviewing the work completed in the previous six weeks brought to light the lightening pace at which the team are running! The steering group, made up of key project stakeholders both in the City Council and Design TwentyFirst Century, gave the team feedback on their work to date. They remarked on the legibility of the work, it’s open nature and pushed us to ensure all demographics and viewpoints on the City are considered.

After presenting the work to date, the team ran a process, dividing the steering group in two, to gain further guidance and knowledge for the work moving forward. One group filled gaps in the ‘These are the people who….’ groupings, adding key stakeholders and sharing their perspective on the City. The second group gave guidance to the team working on ‘Ten easy ways to engage people in conversation’ and challenged them to really consider what the desired outcomes were. It was a very productive morning, with both the team and the Steering group challenging one another to get the most for the Love the City project.

Week 6 – Working towards One Million Urban Offerings

Monday, October 18th, 2010

We have begun the mammoth task of collecting one millions urban offerings! The team have split into two, focusing on engaging with selected groupings of key stakeholders and holding a wider public conversation. The ‘These are the people who…’ team developed a series of carefully curated groups of people relating to key issues in the City Centre, such as ‘These are the people who exchange products in the City’ and ‘These are the people who move us through the City’, using earlier work done on stakeholders. The second team are designing ‘Ten easy ways to engage people in conversation’, focusing on talking to 100 to 200 people who spend their time in the City or outside the City. They are using all of the knowledge they gained in their test processes to develop unique and exciting processes!

We’re curious to find out the love that people have for the City, if they come into the City and if not, why don’t they? These conversations will lead us to ‘100 Exciting things you did not know about Dublin’, which will form the platform for one million urban offerings. This work will be exhibited at the upcoming Innovation Dublin on November 17th and 18th. The location will be announced soon!