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Scheduled Conversations: People Who Exchange Their Products In The City

People who Exchange Their Products In the City

Faciliated by Mary & Ciarán……
Venue: The Oval, underneath the entrance to the Gate Theatre.
Time: 16:00-18:00
Dermot Lacey, Barbara, Craig and Lynn
Margo, Jack Roche, Priscilla, Tom Coffey

Sub Themes
1) Supports
2) Challenges
3) Opportunities
4) Motivation
5) Experience
6) Entrepreneurship

Introduction – Welcome
You are all very welcome here today. We invited you here today to share with us, your ideas, views and insights to the overall theme of “People who exchange their products in the city”.
Just to tell you a little bit about our project Designing Dublin. Designing Dublin is a learning initiative. It is a Design 21st Century project (Not for profit organisation) funded by the DRA(Dublin Regional Authority) and has strong links with the Creative Dublin Alliance and Dublin City Council. We are a multidisciplinary team with a mixture of volunteers and Dublin City Council staff. The project lasts six months and we hope to develop prototype projects that will be presented to Dublin City Council for implementation.

Mary will talk to you now about what we would like to do for the afternoon.
Mary “When we were looking at the topic for discussion (People who exchange their products in the city) we touched on six different themes. These sub themes are as follows.

1) Supports
2) Challenges
3) Opportunities
4) Motivation
5) Experience
6) Entrepreneurship

“So it may be helpful to have these things at the back of your mind as we come to our discussions. We invite you now to split up into two groups, if we could have Group 1 with; Margo, Jack, Priscilla, Tom join Table 1 with Ciarán and if we could have Dermot, Barbara, Craig and Lynn join Table 2 with Mary please”.

Ciarán’s Table
“Thanks everyone, I’m just going to explain how all of this is going to work. I’m going to ask you all to come up with four questions that you would like to ask the group that you feel should be discussed. So just take a couple of minutes to come up with your four questions. After you have done this we will ask you to vote on four questions that you think will offer the richest insights and offer most diversity to the conversation.”

“Each person will be given four stickers and I ask you to place a sticker next to the question you would like to vote for”. The participants spent roughly 5-10 minutes writing down their four questions. The questions that were voted on are as follows.

1.Day Time Economy?
2.Do people trust each other and have pride in the city?
3.How can empty spaces be used more?
4.Has Dublin city got lost in the overall scheme of things?

Things that came up in the discussion at Ciarán’s Table;
Question 1: Day Time Economy?
-Smithfield, artists studios, empty space
-2 weeks (short term only)
-Pop Up shops/bars
-Price relationship and fairness (no conflict should arise)
-Why do we have empty shops(Tom Coffey)
-Planning Laws
-Vacancy rate
-Fill vacant windows with artists DCC want rates
-Landlords, rates, rent, insurance
-Shop fronts

Question 2 : Do people trust each other and have pride in the city?
-RTE is anti-Dublin
-Nationwide (too rural)
-balance between Dublin & rest of the country
-Dubliners are proud of Dublin
-St Pats Day Festival, (festivals are not advertised enough), a lot of people don’t like to mix outside their own groups, (fear of taking part).
-bring pride back by advertising more and encouraging inclusive participation
-The state should achieve the same standard as its’ citizens to enable pride to emerge.(TC)
-IAP(Integrated Area Plan) O’Connell Street
-Homelessness, drug addict epidemic(Margo)
-Average age of drug addict is 12 years of age
-Yes. We do have pride in the city
-scale of the city is great
-(margo) people in Lord Edward Street are very friendly and are not afraid to say hello.
-people trust each other
-two thirds of people who live in Dublin were not born in Dublin
-people generally don’t trust anybody in authority
-tourists are surprised how friendly Irish people are

Question 3 : How can empty spaces be used more?
-Environment needs to be cleaned up, footpaths, pedestrian crossings, we need vibrancy
-small businesses make up 80% of the rates
-small things are often what people want
-more integration of small and big things
-permeability, Italian quarter to Jervis, outdoor dining, the village quarter, artisan style shops in Capel Street

Question 4: Has Dublin city got lost in the overall scheme of things?
-CSO(central statistics office) turnover of the city is €2.5 billion
-art, younger people, bands
-Dublin is weak we are lost(TC)
-Diversity is great(Margo)
-consolidate what we have and exploit our resources
-we have pride but we need people to perform to a higher standard

People we could talk to next
-local people
-Dublin City Enterprise Board
-RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development)
-Kings of Concrete(skate boarding)

Reflections after Discussion
All in all taking everything into account as a team we performed very well during the course of the scheduled conversation. We had a very well planned time table and a clear view of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to achieve during our allocated time.
We grouped our participants in such a way that synergies would be created and ideas would flourish. We were also conscious of not having too many vociferous participants in the one group where less vocal participants could have potentially felt somewhat smothered.

Looking back we did very well up until the last part of the discussion where our two groups regrouped as one. The difficulty arose in trying to get the two groups to have an integrated discussion on the findings and insights from the two teams. In hindsight we should have set a target for the two teams to achieve, for example 10 topics to discuss with the other group. This would have given more drive and focus to the overall discussion.

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