Developing 100 Examples
- I developed sets of words / ideas which were both related to the five main themes which we had been given – Storytelling / Entrepreneurship / Interaction / Society/ Spirit – and to urban environment / culture.
- I performed internet searches using these words / themes / ideas in an attempt to find sample projects.
- The group discussions revealed that other team members were focusing on projects which had taken place in Dublin City or were ongoing so I decided to focus primarily on international projects.
- Some projects which I found resulted in me moving away from finding sample projects and developing ideas for projects which could be applicable to the city centre.
- Throughout the process there was a continuous movement between finding sample projects and developing ideas.
Developing 100 Ideas
- As with the development of the examples, the ideas were to be formulated under the five areas of discovery - Storytelling / Entrepreneurship / Interaction / Society / Spirit.
- In developing 100 ideas I did not work within any particular framework, but rather thought about what changes I’d like to see in the city, what problems I felt existed, and any ideas which might solve these problems.
- I also spent much of my time visualising the city, remembering what I like about it, what I’d like to see more of, and any memories I could conjure up relating to times I had enjoyed most in the city.
- Frequently time was spent just wondering, without any structure, about what could happen in the city.
- In generating ideas, one of the first difficulties I encountered was related to having to limit the description or components of the ideas to one post-it. This restriction tended to result in ideas which could be explained in buzz words or were one day themed events rather than more detailed projects.
The Stakeholder and User identification process began with us examining the lists of stakeholders contained in ‘Love the City’ book, a document which had been created by the the scoping group prior to our arrival.
After this we worked within the framework of 4 broad groupings:
Under the category of People we were asked individually to construct scenarios developing specific characters and detailing to some degree their relationship to the city.
Brief descriptions of these characters were written on post-its and stuck on a board.
Under the category of Enterprise we were asked to come up with 20-30 sub headings such as ‘Retail’ , ‘Evironmental’. Then we split into groups of two/three and came up with lists of enterprises under these headings while being timed – with a period of 3 mins for each sub category.
Under the category of Management we were asked to come up with 20-30 sub headings such as ‘Environmental’ , ‘Waste’. Then we split into groups of two/three and came up with lists of enterprises under these headings while being timed – with a period of 3 mins for each sub category.
Under the category of Organisation we were asked to come up with 20-30 sub headings such as ‘Youth’ , ‘Arts’. Then we split into groups of two/three and came up with lists of enterprises under these headings while being timed – with a period of 3 mins for each sub category.
There were frequent overlaps of suggested stakeholders across the four categories and within the sub-headings.