A failed workshop…turns around

Andrea Friedman is working in Colima, Mexico on Local Initiatives
El Instituto de Planeación del Municipio de Colima, with the support of Sustainable Cities is working on a master plan to improve connectivity and public space around a railway. We’ve had a series of successful community planning workshops, but due to some communication mishaps, no residents attended today’s  workshop in a park. That was until some curious kids came up to our table… and instantly a group of kids were mapping the routes they used to cross the tracks, identifying what types of changes they wanted to see, and designing their visions for the future. Soon enough we were joined by a grandmother and her grandkids who got busy to work.
After all the time thinking about community engagement, organizing workshops, connecting to community leaders and municipal staff, maybe the key to participatory planning is putting out a table in a park and waiting for the ideas (and kids) to come to you?

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2 Responses to A failed workshop…turns around

  1. Gis Mendez says:

    Great job!!!!! 🙂

  2. Guilherme Fragomeni says:

    Unplanned planning…sounds very interesting! Keep up the good work!

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