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Systems oriented design
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
In collaboration with
Svelvik Kommune
Asker Kommune
Larvik Kommune
by
Alfred Benjamin Clatworthy Holmen
Med vennlig hilsen,
Kommunen
Exploring how municipalities
involve citizens.
Introduction
This report describes the 4 months of my project with Svelvik
Kommune and their methods of involving citizens in their
processes.
This first section describes the intial weeks that were focused
on researching both the human aspects as well as the systems
and contexts they exist within.This section will therefore try
to highlight the main points of that research and attempt to
structure and analyse the data gathered.
Enjoy!
- Alfred Benjamin Clatworthy Holmen
Core findings
The core process of the whole
gjestebud system is the pre-process
where they find out what the
purpose of the process is.
People in Svelvik are hesitant to
participate because it can be hard to
see the value of submitting feedback
to the municipality. Gjestebud aims
to fix this.
Synthesising and applying citizen
feedback on a particular issue
is fuzzy and is mostly based on
experience.
Core Process
What do we want to know?
Who do we want to involve?
How do we involve them?
The project
This project is about ”Gjestebud”, and in more general terms
about how local democracy can be facilitated. Gjestebud is
a method for involving citizens in to municipal processes.
The reason it exists is party due to the fact that involving
citizens in processes is mandatory by law, but also partly
due to Svelvik Kommune innovating, and finding a method
that fit their process well.The basic concept of gjestebud is
that the municipality finds an area where they would like
to involve its citizens, send out a short brief for the topic or
issue to people it thinks have important feedback to give, and
get them to invite their friends to discuss the issue. It can be
summarized like this:
”Gjestebud is about citizens
inviting friends to their home
and discussing issues from the
municipality.”
The task of this project is to look in to this process, and look
at how it is screwed together with the aim of designing some
intervention or concept connected to this process. Since this
is a design project, design methods and design thinking will
be used as the main tools for investigating the system.
My process
Understand the process of gjestebud
Understanding the people involved
Understand the context
Understand systemic factors
The process
The first step was to get an overview of the process as the
process leader understood it. As explained earlier, the process
is fairly straight forward (give people topic, get feedback on
topic), but as always is with these types of processes, it’s a
lot more complex than we think.To uncover these hidden
factors, an informal mapping session was conducted with
the project owner Anne Synnøve Horten from Svelvik
Kommune.
What we see here is the process visualized.The municipality
needs to involve their citizens in the process, in this
example, a process for reviewing new plans for the physical
environment (roads, beaches etc.).They define what they
want feedback on (is this a good plan/what is missing etc),
then they define who they want feedback from (people who
live near roads/beaches/forests etc.).
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Gjestebud
What do we want to know?
Why do we want to know it?
Pre-process?
Who do we need to contact
to know what we want to know
What happens to our feedback
in the process?
How do we use
the feedback?
How do we submit feedback?
Kommune
Process as I
understand it
They then contact these persons and ask if they would like
to get their friends together and give feedback on this topic
(plan). If yes, the host organizes it however they want, writes
the minutes, and then sends that in to the municipality.This
then gets summarized by the municipality and applied to the
plan.
Analysis: Process
Firstly that the start-up phase of the project is extremely
crucial in determining how the process is done. Defining the
scope, sucess criteria, who, what, where etc. are questions that
needs to be answered in this stage, the quality of this stage is
crucial. What do really want to accomplish here?
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Gjestebud
What do we want to know?
Why do we want to know it?
Pre-process?
Who do we need to contact
to know what we want to know
What happens to our feedback
in the process?
How do we use
the feedback?
How do we submit feedback?
Find out how we
know it.
Find out what we want
to know.
Find out why we want
to know it.
Not all processes need participation
Not all processes with participation
benefit from gjestebud.
So we need more than one method
of doing participation. We need
a toolbox for local democratic
participation processes.
And we need to be able to choose
the right tool for the right problem.
We need to be able to apply it.
Start-up
Kommune
Secondly, the interaction and communication between a lot
of the actors of the process is fuzzy and non-standardized.
How we talk to people, what we say, how we design e-mails,
invitations etc. are questions that are not answered the same
each time the process i done.
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Gjestebud
What do we want to know?
Why do we want to know it?
Pre-process?
Who do we need to contact
to know what we want to know
What happens to our feedback
in the process?
How do we use
the feedback?
How do we submit feedback?
Who do we contact?
How do we choose?
How do we contact them? What do we send them
when they say yes?
(how do we deal with
“no”?)
What do they send us
when they are done?
What do we do with
the feedback?
Segmentation//Contacts Tone of voice Facilitating the discussion
Format?
Preparation
Expectation
Prepare for output
Usefullness
Effectiveness//Ease of
use
Format?
Communication
Internalization
Publishing?
Communication
Kommune
The third thing is that the feedback loop is unclear and
fuzzy. What mechanisms exist to keep people in the loop
of the process? How do they follow their feedback to the
municipality? Does this loop even exist?
On a broader level it’s about what makes people comes back,
what makes people feel valuable here? How can we facilitate
follow-up?
(what if we didn’t do much?)
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Gjestebud
What do we want to know?
Why do we want to know it?
Pre-process?
Who do we need to contact
to know what we want to know
What happens to our feedback
in the process?
How do we use
the feedback?
How do we submit feedback?
How do we communicate
what we did with the feedback?
How can I follow the process
from here?
Can i contribute more?
Publishing
Communication
Expectations/Outcomes
Publishing
Communication
Feedback on feedback
The next step?
Feedback
Kommune
Main takeaways
1. How do we start up?
2. How do we communicate?
3. How do we loop back?
So now that we have some idea of what goes on, who are
these people experienceing this? How do they experience
this, and other processes? How do people feel about the
municipality? What is it like to live in Svelvik? All these
questions are interesting in our inquiry in to the process and
it’s broader implications and contexts.
This phase consitsed of three main elements:
1. Informal interviews with people around Svelvik, everyone
from the mayor to random people in the street.
2.Two days of immersion, what is it like to walk around
Svelvik, who do you meet and what do you see?
3. Metabud, a gjestebud about gjestebud, what is it like to
participate and plan?
The following section is a summary of all these different
methods of investigating, their results and their analysis.
People
A story
I met Brit at the old café she used to run in the centre of
Svelvik. It was a rainy monday, election day, and my first
day in Svelvik. She sat on the table next to me and was
chatting loudly with the lady running the café who stood
by the counter about 5 meters away.The subject of the
conversation was everything from local town gossip (that I
didn’t understand) to election results and expectations for the
future. At one point she announced that Svelvik was such a
hidden gem and that she didn’t understand why people didn’t
want to come and live here.
I took my chance,”I’m here for the first time today” I said.
A giant smile met me and from there we were off. She told
me of how Svelvik was the most northern southern town, a
hidden gem of happy people living in this idyllic landscape of
fjords, mountains and forests. As we delved deeper in to the
subject I wanted to talk about (municipality stuff) she said
that Svelvik had not long ago been in trouble both financially
and politically. People were getting involved, hearings were
full of people due to the cost-saving proposal to close a
school. People were angry, and people were engaged in local
politics like she had never seen before.
Even though the school did in the end get closed, the
municipality seems to be on the way up. She was very
positive and said that she thought proposing stuff to the
municipality was fun and that people in general really care
about local political stuff here. Her experience though was
that very often her suggestions did not do much, nothing
really happened.That made her apprehensive sometimes. She
was also adamant that a lot of other places in Norway mirror
Svelvik. Idyllic places with budget issues and strong feelings
of local community.
She wishes people would move to Svelvik
A lot of people care about Svelvik
Thinks that participation is fun
Apprehensive because she wants to feel valued
Svelvik is a good example of citizens owning and engaging in
politics.
From this story we can also draw out an interesting
framework for looking at peoples feelings towards
participating. Brit feels that even though she is very willing
to participate, she feels the opportunity to do valuable
participation is low. So from here we have two variables,
willingness to pariticipate and perceived opprtunity (her
actual/real spectrum of opportunities to participate is
irrelevant as they don’t exist within her realm of currently
perceived opprtunities).
Main findings
Willingness
Perceived Opportunity
Brit
People I met
From this we can extrapolate things we already know, her
perceived opportunity for valuable engagement is low
because she feels she is throwing feedback in to a black hole
sometimes. But on the other hand she likes to participate,
so in terms of our project is she is interesting as Gjestebud
in itself does not accomodate this person. Rather, it
accomodates the opposite person, the person who has the
opporunity to participate, but is not willing.The municipality
can engage with Brit by giving her an opporunity, while the
person who isn’t willing, would not take the opportunity, even
though that persons feedback might be very valuable.
But does this person exists?
By applying our framework to all the different people I met
during my time in Svelvik we can see some very interesting
results.
W
PO
Guri
”I think Svelvik is very open, and I
think they are good at involving us”
”I wrote in the local paper about it, and
got good feedback”
Guri sees the opportunities and is
willing to participate in them, she
has been to several hearings and is
active in the local newspaper.
PO
Elin
Elin is also a business owner, she is very
clear on where the municipality has
power and where it doesn’t. She also
feels like she doesn’t have anything to
say when I asked her what could be
improved.
”The barrier is low, but I don’t have
anything to say”
”I feel the municipality cares a lot, and
tries very hard”
PO
Lise
Lise is a business owner, with kids in
school, so therefore she got heavily
involved in the school issue.There
she experienced that people with the
loudest voices get heard, which put her
off.
”I got heavily involved in the budget
problem”
”Those who shout get heard, I don’t shout,
it’s about who you know too”
W
W
W
PO
Aksel
Aksel works at the local kiosk, he is
young and not very engaged in mu-
nicipal stuff, his girlfriend lives out
of town so the his biggest issue is the
bus running on time.
”I never talk to the municipality, I
don’t have those kind of problems”
”Never been interested in the
municipality”
Firstly, it’s easy to spot the outlier. Aksel stands out as having
very little willingness to participate, why is this? Is it interest
based? Is it simply not fun enough to participate? Or maybe
participation doesn’t lend itself to everyone?
What can be certain is that Aksel is the person that
Gjestebud wants to target, a person that is affected by a
plan, but is not aware nor willing to give their opinion by
contacting the municipality. So the municipality has to find
him. How they do that is another issue.
The nightmare scenario for the municipality is to miss people
like Aksel, and ten years down the road he suddenly becomes
outspoken of something that could have been prevented 10
yeard prior.
Secondly, it’s quite clear that people see the opportunities,
but their willingness to participate in these is different. I
would argue that a main critique of this framework is that
the two are inherently linked, if you want to do something
you find opportuntities, if you find a lot of opportunuties
you might be more willing to participate. While this might
be true, I still find it facinating that people are so willing to
admit that they have a lot of opportunities, but that they
don’t have anything to say or that they don’t see the value.
Main takeaways
I think the reason for this is twofold:
1.There exists some social pressue to say
something ”smart” in large crowds. Anyone who
has attended any big class or gathering has felt
this fear.
2.They underplay their role and value and are
not aware of how valuable it might be to the
municipality.
In addition to the interviews, the metabud and observations
gave some key findings.They can be summarized like this:
How can we more easily follow the process?
How can we more easily interact with the
process?
Fear of the «black hole process»
Don’t want to feel like «sand in the machine»
Summary
People & Process
So to conclude we have to look at these two aspects together.
We know now that the municipality wants to interface with
specific people that don’t normally communicate with the
municipality. We know that people see the opportunity, and
have some degree of willingness, but struggle sometimes to
see the value of their own contribution.
So here we can look at the systemic level of interaction
between those aspects.
If we apply the HTO framework from human factors to look
in to how the complexity is distributed between HUMAN,
TECHNOLOGY, ORGANISATION, we can get a good
idea of the structure of the process and where it is grounded.
As mentioned at the start of this report, we already have
discovered 3 areas where possible intervention can be applied
(start-up, communication, feedback). Applying our HTO
framework to these areas we see that these main processes are
mainly human and organisational based.
human org tech
If we visualize our framework over the three main processes
we can see that over time in the process the complexity is
moved from being grounded in people to being grounded in
seveval peoples interaction (organisation).
In the start-up phase, defining purpose, success, target group,
method etc. is fuzzy. My research points towards it being
inherent in the internal process of the people working there,
especially Anne Synnøve. She is the driver for this phase,
and without her it falls apart. And without defining this
stage properly, the rest of the process lives an ill-defined and
unclear life.
The intersection happens in the communication phase, it
lives on the shoulder of the start-up phase as that phase
defines what happens within the communication phase. How
do we find the hosts? How do we communicate with the
host? And how does the host communicate with us?
Summary
Start-up
Human Organisation
Communication Feedback
This leads us to the feedback phase, how do we internalize all
this information and communicate it? This is very much an
organisational problem that is stems from an individual level,
how someone synthesizes the feedback from the gjestebud
is based on their ability to apply it to the organisation of the
municipality. How do we as employees deal with it, and how
does the organisation apply it?
The main takeaway from this framework is that it becomes
more apparent that any intervention in the system must
tackle that the system i highly reliant on people. While
that can be said about a lot of systems, especially most soft
systems, this sytem and process work because people fill the
holes with abilites only they possess. No one can do their
job like they can right off the bat. So how can we possible
intervene in a system where it has been optimalised for
people with such specific knowledge? A process that only
works because they make it work, for them.
I think this is the core of the problematique. All issues come
back to this core question.
Main takeaways
Conclusions
So to sum up. So far I’ve investigated the process, and found
that there are three main phases where intervention is
fruitful. I’ve also found that these phases are very dependent
on specific people with specific knowledge. I’ve tried to
understand the people involved, with citizens feeling like
they don’t have a lot to say, but that they feel that they have
some opportunity if they would like to.
From here we have to look in to the future of what this
project can be. I see 4 questions and 1 huge issue that needs
to dealt with in some way to create a project that creates
value.
The 4 questions are:
How can we scale this process to another municipality?
How can we improve the quality?
How can we improve the touch points?
How can we design good feedback mechanisms?
So as mentioned in the previous chapter, these questions
sit on top of one major topic.The reason this process works
so well is due to the people with specific knowledge that
make it work, and make it work well.They ask the important
questions before the process, what is the purpose of this
process?
So maybe exploring this topic further is the more fruitful
path? What if we don’t need the process to scale, but maybe
we just need to create a way for people who work in the
municipality to ask and answer this question more and
better? What is the purpose? Why are we doing it like this?
This will be the next stage of this project, to find out how we
can scale the people, not the process.
Leverage Points
Intervening in
the system
This report aims to argue for the systemic leverage points
and potential intervention areas identified throughout my
collaboration with Svelvik Municipality.This report bases
itself heavily on the work done by Meadows (1997) to be
able to weight the potential leverage points against each
other.
To start off it’s important to recap where we left off in the
last chapter:
What if we don’t need the process to scale, but maybe we just
need to create a way for people who work in the municipality
to ask and answer the questions more and better?
What is the purpose?
Why are we doing it like this?
So what this refers to is what I like to describe as the «core
process», the process where the municipality defines what the
gjestebud process really is about.The hypothesis that sprung
out from the last phase that maybe this process is more
central than we would like to admit, and that this really is the
driving loop.
To explain this further, we’ll recap some of the things that
led me to this finding.
Leverage points
The invitation
So to start a discussion I made some new invitations for
explaining and anchoring the gjestebud with hosts. I had
earlier identified this as a potential fruitful avenue, as the
invitation sets the expectations for both the discussion and
the results of the gjestebud.
Simply put, the hypothesis was that a good invitation could
facilitate a better discussion and therefore a better delivery
from the hosts. So after creating a very simple prototype, the
topic was briefly discussed in a meeting with Svelvik.
I never got to show the prototype invitations to the people
in the meeting because it became clear very quickly that the
invitations I had made were already too far and too deep in
the process we were talking about.
Gjestebud
Hei Alfred!
Fantastisk at du har sagt ja til å arrangere gjestebud.
Temaet for denne gang er “ensomhet i Svelvik”, vi er veldig
opptatt av hva dere synes om temaet.
Spørsmål vi i kommunen synes er spennende:
Hvordan definerer du ensomhet?
Hvordan ser ensomhet ut i Svelvik?
Hvordan kan vi jobbe med ensomhet?
Mvh,
Alfred og alle oss i kommunen.
Vi setter stor pris på at du deltar i lokaldemokratiet
i Svelvik.
@
alfred_holmen@me.com
M
medvirk.no/svelvik Svelvik kommune
3060 Svelvik
Prosjektplan Følg prosessen her:
innspill fra innbyggere høring
endret plan
Her kan du levere referatet:
M
medvirk.no/svelvik
Interestingly the output of that meeting was pretty much
the opposite of what I expected. While the invitation is
interesting, it is different every time the process is run
through.
What that means is that creating a standard is not that useful
as I originally had thought. In the bigger picture this finding
has a bigger meaning, it means that the everything past the
«core process» is dynamic and ever changing.
A crucial part of gjestebud is that it is very flexible and
dynamic. So let us zoom out one level.
The core process
So to zoom out one level and to look at the core process
I asked to be a part of any meeting where this would be
discussed.
Luckily I was able to attend
one quite quickly.The
meeting I was invited to
was to discuss the strategy
for the cultural institutions
in Svelvik. Attending the
meeting were the leader of
the library, the leader for the
arts and the leader for youth
initiatives as well as Anne
Synnøve as a process driver.
Core Process
What do we want to know?
Who do we want to involve?
How do we involve them?
And when?
input define
definedefine
input
input
The goal of the meeting was to discuss the elements of the
strategy defined in previous meetings, and how to go forward
with the next stage, this being citizen involvement in to what
the strategy should be (or?).
So the meeting was the «core process», a meeting about how
to do citizen involvement. My strategy for the meeting was
to be a fly on the wall, take notes and see how they deal with
these somewhat hard and convoluted questions.
This strategy worked well, I eventually took part in
discussions to get more insight, though as I reflect on it now,
more probing would probably have been very fruitful. A total
of 5 pages of notes were done.
Findings from the meeting
Firstly, observations from the meeting gave me a lot of
insight in to how the municipality talks about these issues.
There was a lot of talk of why this was important to do.
Which in a way is a level above the core process: why do we
do citizen engagement in this process?why do we even do
the core process?So already there do we have an avenue of
intervention. Providing municipalities with clear arguments
and case-studies of instances and ways of doing involvement
seems like a fruitful avenue.
Another thing was that there seemed to be a feeling of
Gjestebud being the already chosen method. While it
was communicated that Gjestebud wasn’t chosen yet,
there seemed to be a lack of other alternatives. While this
most likely is due to the fact that the other people in the
meeting did not have any other experience with citizen
involvement. But it still reveals itself as an interesting avenue
of intervention. Giving the municipality the means to explore
and understand different approaches to citizen involvement
then seems like a fruitful avenue.
In relation to the earlier research these findings make a lot
of sense. Earlier it was identified that Anne Synnøve was the
person driving the process, and in this meeting that was seen
to be true. It was also identified that the core process is very
important, a thing this phase revealed was that this process is
also difficult to do. It in may ways proved the hypothesis that
the core process is important and that it can’t really be done
autonomously in a lot of processes.
From consulting with several people with the summaries
from this meeting 3 leverage points emerge:
Process tools
So as mentioned, there seemed to be a somewhat fuzzy
process discussing what to actually do when it comes to
why, what, how. Also as mentioned this part of the process
is crucial to the outcome of the process. So here we have
identified a small part that affects the rest in a big way. So
what is the scope of opportunities here?
To get an idea we can look in to other process tools.
Already there exist some tools to figure out how to service
innovation:
samveis.no (2015)
http://ks-innovation-tool.herokuapp.com (2015)
Summarized, these tools take a step-by-step approach to
explain and help municipalities do service design. Processes
that are very similar to the «core process» of Gjestebud are
explained in these tools. So would it be possible to do a
similar service, but for citizen engagement?
It all depends on the level the tools exists within I think.
Making something that can be used actively so anchor why
and what and why where people are drawing on it workshop
style?
Summary:
Leverage points
It all depends on the level the tools exists within I think.
Making something that can be used actively so anchor why
and what and why where people are drawing on it workshop
style?
Or are we making something that is more as a resource tool
that works more like the digital process tools like samveis?
Samvirk.
Når du står overfor komplekse utfordringer holder det ofte
ikke å endre arbeidsrutiner og kompetanse hos de ansatte.
Kommunene må tenke nytt – både om hvordan oppgavene
løses, hvem som kan være med å løse dem, og hvordan
tjenestene organiseres gjennom samspill mellom ulike yrkes-
grupper og omgivelsene.
Lokalutvalg
Gjestebud Folkemøter
Høring
I think both or a combo are fruitful interventions, the digital
process tool is more geared toward different municipalities
communicating how they do citizen engagement and
learning from each other. In terms of the framework by
Meadows (1997) this is potentially fairly high up there. We
are talking about moving the power of process and citizen
engagement in to a more distributed system, as well as
moving government in to a position where they can more
easily do citizen engagement.
In terms of the physical tool for discussing and describing
process, this is meant to supercharge the discussion and
quickly describing and finding the right approach when it
comes to citizen engagement.This is more of an internal tool
for each municipality, and when it comes to the framework
by Meadows (1997) I would argue this isn’t as high, but it
is also more short term. I would argue it it’s in the realm of
driving feedback loops, creating discussions and creating
awareness of the possibilities.
Richness
Another thing identified by several people is that the
municipality isn’t present when the most rich information
in the process is available.The actual Gjestebud only exists
to the municipality through the summaries and minutes
developed by its participants.There is a lot of richness that is
potentially missed by the municipality. What do people argue
about? What do they say and what do they say it?
Those elements are very rich in information and are elements
we as designers care a lot about. What people say might not
be what they do. So how do we capture this richness? A core
part of the Gjestebud process is the fact that the municipality
doesn’t participate in the Gjestebud. So the challenge here is
to be able to capture the richness without the municipality
being present. Giving them cameras? Giving them some
other prompt?
I think this avenue is super interesting, because it switches up
the power structure slightly, giving the citizens more power
in the process. So according to our framework (Meadows
1997), we can say that this lives on a lower level both in the
framework and in the process.This is a leverage point that
creates more feedback loops with the citizens and planners
and might have more of a tangible difference in the process.
Talking to several different people about these two main
directions leads to be even more split and unsure of which is
the best avenue. Mosse from AHO and Thale from Svelvik
were very interested in the digital process tool, while Agnete
from Making Waves and Kaja from AHO prefer the richness
concept.
While the feedback from Svelvik weighs a lot more, there are
clear advantages with both. So to be honest I’m unsure. I feel
I need some pointer to which is actually the better concept,
so do I prototype both on a small scale? Killing a darling is
hard. Maybe there exists some middle ground?
Opinions
So the obvious next step is the prototyping phase. Currently
the plan is to make a very basic form of the digital tool with
the analog tool based on my previous research of what I feel
would add, and then try it in a meeting with Svelvik.The
previous meeting I attended would have been the perfect
opportunity, but there are several planned I think.
I was also thinking of trying to do a second Gjestebud
(metabud) about Gjestebud, but this time about the potential
digital tool. As part of this I would also try to capture the
richness as an example of the things that could potentially be
part of improved minutes.
An important thing to note is that during the writing of this
report two very important meetings are coming up:
Meeting with Larvik Municipality who have used Gjestebud
actively. In this meeting I aim to present small prototypes
of both concepts to get feedback of usefulness both across
municipalities and on the actual content.This is municipality
that is slightly far away, so I don’t think they’ll be a weekly
meeting partner, but it’s a great opportunity to create value
across municipalities.
Meeting with Asker & Bærum Municipality who have an
innovation centre and use citizens actively. In this meeting
the aim is to get a deeper understanding of how these
concepts could work in their processes and get feedback on
the low key prototypes. I see Asker & Bærum as a potential
key partner. It’s not far away and they have a great platform
for prototyping and bouncing ideas off of.
Prototyping plan
To sum up it comes down to three main points:
A digital process tool is a high level avenue for intervening.
A low-fi clickable prototype is «easily» made and could be
used to test with two different municipalities.
An analog process tool is a low level avenue to help
discussions around the citizen engagement processes and
methods. A low-fi printable prototype is easily made and
could be used to test with two different municipalities.
Increasing the richness of the Gjestebud process is a low level
avenue to increase both the power of citizens, but also the
quality of the output.This is slightly harder to prototype on
a bigger scale, though could be applied to small groups as a
case-study.
Main takeaways
Prototyping
Failing forward
To start off this section, I think it would be beneficial to
preface with the conclusion of the previous chapter:
”While the feedback from Svelvik weighs a lot more, there
are clear advantages with both. So to be honest I’m unsure.
I feel I need some pointer to which is actually the better
concept, so do I prototype both on a small scale? Killing a
darling is hard.
Maybe there exists some middle ground?”
This middle ground is the focus of this report. I realized
through conversations with both Svelvik and several others
that both making a tool for municipalities combined with
making a ”boots on the ground””Gjestebud-pack” would
actually be great.
So the hypothesis’ for this part of the project become:
”Creating a tool for municipalities to better understand their
own and others process would lead to significant change.”
”Creating an example of a ”Gjestebud-pack” to challenge the
process would lead to significant change.”
The starting point
So, this is our jump off point.This part of the report describes
how I have prototyped and experimented myself through
these two hypothesis’. As the individual elements of the
project are very tightly knit together (teaching process,
process example) they have very often been presented
together, so this phase includes a lot of simultaneous
development of both.
I would like to thank everyone who helped me with their
opinions and insights.
The national prototyping roadtrip was created to explore
several different municipalities in a quick and efficient way.
The goal of the trip was to get feedback on the direction and
elements of the project, as well as get insight in to how they
do their processes.
Asker Kommune - The first stop.
From what I gathered from talking to Svelvik and Riche at
Halogen, they regard Asker Kommune as one of the best
municipalites when it comes to innovation.
This also became very clear when I went to visit. I was
scheduled to meet with Geir Graff and Lene Bergseth at the
”Knowledge Center” in Asker. After finally finding my way,
I realised that this center is Asker Kommunes Knowledge
Center, not just any knowledge center.This means that
the sole purpose of this department is to learn and share
knowledge within the municipality.These people are perfect
(for my project at least).
We started the whole meeting with a ”walk-and-talk”, where
they showed me the building and how they work in it.
They also showed me all the small things they do to create
innovation within their own organisation.This is everything
from nudging people to sit with new people to showing
projects on screens and having people present in the lunch.
This is all part of Asker Kommunes innovation strategy, small
steps make big changes, so just sitting with a new person
might spark some innovation.
The national
prototyping
roadtrip
They call it ”innovation by chance”.
This innovation by chance theory intrigued me. I got them to
ellaborate more on it, and as we turned a corner I saw a great
sign on the wall:
	 ”We don’t make mistakes, we do variations”
And then it clicked. Svelvik have done 4 Gjestebuds, and
every single one has been different in some way.These are not
mistakes as such, but small innovations.
And as Geir and Lene continued to talk about it, they
mentioned that a lot of their learning comes from talking to
people at conferences and network meetings. Talking about
mistakes and talking about variations.Then they take what
they learn and apply it to Asker. A new project is born.
We then discussed Gjestebud specifically and they explained
that they are trying it out ”now”.They saw what Svelvik had
done, and made it theirs. It is being used now for trying
to get insight in to an area of Asker where both very poor
families and very rich families share the same space. By doing
Gjestebud, they can try to create understanding between the
neighbours, as well as creating insights for the municipality.
In short, they have taken what Svelvik has done and then
applied to it their context and their process, a small change at
a time.
So could my digital tool facilitate this? Allowing
municipalities to easily share their process so that others
might take it make it theirs?
Prototypes at this
stage
Samvirk.
Når du står overfor komplekse utfordringer holder det ofte
ikke å endre arbeidsrutiner og kompetanse hos de ansatte.
Kommunene må tenke nytt – både om hvordan oppgavene
løses, hvem som kan være med å løse dem, og hvordan
tjenestene organiseres gjennom samspill mellom ulike yrkes-
grupper og omgivelsene.
Lokalutvalg
Gjestebud Folkemøter
Høring
Gjestebud
Hei Alfred!
Fantastisk at du har sagt ja til å arrangere gjestebud.
Temaet for denne gang er “ensomhet i Svelvik”, vi er veldig
opptatt av hva dere synes om temaet.
Spørsmål vi i kommunen synes er spennende:
Hvordan definerer du ensomhet?
Hvordan ser ensomhet ut i Svelvik?
Hvordan kan vi jobbe med ensomhet?
Mvh,
Alfred og alle oss i kommunen.
Vi setter stor pris på at du deltar i lokaldemokratiet
i Svelvik.
@
alfred_holmen@me.com
M
medvirk.no/svelvik Svelvik kommune
3060 Svelvik
Prosjektplan Følg prosessen her:
innspill fra innbyggere høring
endret plan
Her kan du levere referatet:
M
medvirk.no/svelvik
Digital tool
Contrasting methods and
how municipalities have
used them.
Gjestebud package
Invitations and materials for
hosting and creating good
meetings.
Larvik Kommune - The second stop.
I visited Larvik because I know they have done at least one
Gjestebud, so I was interested in what they learned, what
materials they used and what they would change. With the
learnings from Asker in my backpack I also was interested
in knowing how they learn and improve from other
municipalities.
I walked off the train in the rain,
Larvik is just one long hill, so
after a long walk I finally got to
the municipal builing (which of
course is at the top of the hill).
There I was going to meet
Gillian Hockly, a planner in the
municipality and the person
responsible for a lot of user
involvement in the municipality.
Together we discussed their take on Gjestebud, where the
municipality is a lot more active than in Svelvik.They go out
in the street and have ad-hoc Gjestebud with people in the
street and advertise it on social media and in the newspaper.
It’s a very different structure, but it remains true to the core
idea of Gjestebud.
Co-creating timelines and
structures for the digital tool
From here, we co-created a
potential structure for the
service and which elements
should be inclcluded in the
”package”.
One of the core takeaways from
the meeting was to validate
my ideas and sketches, which
Gillian seemed very positive
about.
What she was a bit hesitant about was deciding to what
degree the municipality can capture richness. Because
Gjestebud exists as a low economical and staff cost intiative,
with a high degree of freedom. So increasing the amount of
data points might be counter-productive.
To sum up my protoypes at this stage in words:
Digital tool
Help municipalities share and take inspiration from each
others application of the same method. Asker and Larvik
might learn a lot from sharing their process and thoughts
with each other.
Gjestebud Package
Meeting and overdelivering on citizens expectations on both
what it means to co-create with the municipality, but also to
empower their voice in planning processes.
Prototypes at this
stage
Gjestebud
Small Kommune Early in the process Cheap
Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere,
til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra
innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og
innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på
folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i
forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens
samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere
bruk av metoden i forbindelse med
kommunereformen, arbeidet med
folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan.
Logo
Svelvik Kommune
Lage invitasjoner som tydelig
forklarer tema og metoden
Ringe potensielle
gjestebudverter
Sende invitasjon til
gjestebudverter
3 uker
Innhente referater og
oppsummere funn.
Invitasjon med forklaring av
metode og prosess
Innbyggere som man vil vite
noe fra
Uformell tone og lav terskel
Selve gjestebudet skjer uten
kommunen til stede
Gjestebud
mvh,
kommunen
Trying to visualize and include as little and as
much of the process as neccecary. What is the
core this process and how can I communicate it?
Transitioning from a more
letter-ish style to more
magazine style with a cover
and a step by step guide on
how to do the Gjestebud.
Prototypes at this
stage
Gjestebud
Small Kommune Early in the process Cheap
Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere,
til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra
innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og
innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på
folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i
forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens
samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere
bruk av metoden i forbindelse med
kommunereformen, arbeidet med
folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan.
Logo
Svelvik Kommune
Lage invitasjoner som tydelig
forklarer tema og metoden
Ringe potensielle
gjestebudverter
Sende invitasjon til
gjestebudverter
3 uker
Innhente referater og
oppsummere funn.
Invitasjon med forklaring av
metode og prosess
Innbyggere som man vil vite
noe fra
Uformell tone og lav terskel
Selve gjestebudet skjer uten
kommunen til stede
Gjestebud
mvh,
kommunen
Trying to visualize and include as little and as
much of the process as neccecary. What is the
core this process and how can I communicate it?
Transitioning from a more
letter-ish style to more a
magazine style with a cover
and a step by step guide on
how to do the Gjestebud.
Halogen - The third stop.
I had planned a different third stop
in Arendal to talk to a planner na-
med Micheal Fuller-Gee, but my
south-coast roadtrip fell through due
to some unexpected events.
So I returned with new energy to
Oslo and to the offices of Halogen, a
design company in Oslo.There I was
meeting with Riche, a person who
was instrumental in my research pha-
se.
She has deep knowledge of municpal
issues, and was very happy that I had
taken the trip down south to ”talk to
all her friends”.
The topic of our meeting was mainly
the ”richness issue”, how to increa-
se richness, without increasing data
points or pressure on the participants?
What we came up with were concepts
for distributing the power of a host.
What if there was a way to document
in a ”co-creation style” inluced in the
package?
Discussing the invitations
and package prototypes
over lunch.
Doodles and sketches
on how to improve and
capture insights.
While I was at Halogen, I also had a quick and dirty proto-
typing session with Peder Torget, a designer at Halogen and
former AHO student. I gave him the package I had made,
and we went through it together. His comments echoed a lot
of the things Riche mentioned.
To make it more ”instant gratification”, that you get to know
what happened with the thing you did to spark motivation.
To be even freer from the constraints and tone of voice of
a municipality. But also that I should think about how one
could show to the world what one as a Gjestebud host had
done. He also said the liked the package and concept, but was
quite usure what to do with it post-fact. Do I deliver it back?
What do I keep and what do I throw away? Online delivery
or offline?
Prototypes at this
stage: Package
x8
Du/dere står helt fritt til å
invitere hvem dere vil, vi
anbefaler inntil 8 gjester
Du/dere kan selv
bestemme når. Deadline
for å levere inspill fra
gjestebudet er 4.mai.
04/05
Dette helt opp til dere.
Hvem?
Når?
Hvordan?
Gjennomføre
Gjestebud
Dette er helt opp til dere.
I pakken er det lagt ved
frimerker, dere kan også ta
bilde eller scanne det dere
har og sende til:
Anne@svelvik.kommune.no
Tlf. 97 75 44 45
Levere?
Takk for tilbakemeldinger.
Som følge av deres og flere gjestebud har vi
gjort flere forandringer i planen. Her er noen
av kommentarene dere sendte inn, og våre
svar.
“Bra at planen er kort og lettlest,
men savner noen tøffe grep som for
eksempel 500-1000 nye tomter
med sjøutsikt innen 2020.”
Prioritert standsonen høyere i flere
deler av planen. Vi har også
kommunisert dette videre til teamet
som jobber med strandsonen nå.
Vi gjorde
“Glem Storgata som handlegate,
lag heller bra handlesentrum
rundt Juve”
Her er det stort sprik i befolkningen,
men vi er enige om at Juve er en god
arena for dette. På samme tid er vi
opptatt av et levende stentrum, så vi
setter i gang en runde om dette om
ikke lenge.
Vi gjorde
“Mindre fokus mot ”unge eldre”,
må konsentrere oss om de som
virkelig er pleietrengende”
Vi ser på denne gruppen som svært
viktig, vi har troen på at vi klarer å
jobbe forebyggende slik at disse
unge eldre ikke blir pleietrengende.
Vi gjorde
For dybeinformasjon se:
www.Medvirk.no/Svelvik/Gjestebud
More visual and
”playful” instructions
on how to hold
gjestebud.
Gratification. Sending
an update on the
process with:
What you said.
What we did.
Prototypes at this
stage: Interface
Gjestebud
Logo
The aim is to involve
citizens that would not
normally attend a
hearing.
Aim
Give a selected group of
citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent
by the municipality. The
point is for them to
discuss it when and how
they want.
Summary
www.medvirk.no
www.ks.no/n3
www.samvirk.no
www.svelvik.kommune.no/gjestebud
Useful links
Download material
invitations.doc
description.doc
feedback.doc
reflections.doc
?
Who do you want
to engage? (.doc)
Call potential
gjestebud hosts
@
E-mail them
invitations (.doc)
Hosts do the
gjestebud
Receive summary (.doc)
from hosts
Send thank you (.doc)
and summary (.doc)
@
Start
The Core
No municipal employee present.
Involving people who usually
wouldn’t get involved.
Trusting citizens to do it how they
would like
Informal and personal tone of
voice.
Svelvik Asker
Give a selected group of
citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent by
the municipality. The point
is for them to discuss it
when and how they want.
Give a selected group of
citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent by
the municipality. The point
is for them to discuss it
when and how they want.
Give a selected group of
citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent by
Download material
invitations.doc
description.doc
feedback.doc
reflections.doc
?
Who do you want
to engage? (.doc)
Call potential
gjestebud hosts
@
E-mail them
invitations (.doc)
Hosts do the
gjestebud
Receive summary (.doc)
from hosts
Send thank you (.doc)
and summary (.doc)
@
Start
Give a selected group of
citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent by
the municipality. The point
is for them to discuss it
when and how they want.
Give a selected group of
citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent by
the municipality. The point
is for them to discuss it
when and how they want.
Give a selected group of
citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent by
Details Versions Comments
Vertical timelines
work better on screens
when comparing two
different processes.
Trying to define ”a
core” for the process.
Also adding clearer
”download” buttons,
and adding an element
of commenting and
story telling through
text.
Svelvik - The fourth stop.
The second to last stop. Validating and verifying with Anne,
who is the project owner, and the new Mayor of Svelvik,
Andreas Muri. Funnily enough the only meeting room was
the main municipal hall, so the meeting felt very official.
In this meeting we went through the package in detail. Anne
highlighted some very interesting points:
Gjestebud is about trust, and trust comes with pressure to
perform. We don’t want to create too much pressure.
Saying you want ”better” results implies our citizens are not
doing well enough, which they are.
I think Anne comes with some great points there. If I trust
you to give me good feedback, it creates pressure for you
to give me good feedback.This is counter productive to
Gjestebud as the transactional cost is supposed to be very
small.
The second point is that by empowering people we imply
they need empowering.There are a lot of nuances in play
here, when does empowering someone become a negative?
When does trust become pressure?
Another great point she had was about the amount of
guidance supplied. In the prototype at the time there were
varying degrees of examples and explanantions. Some parts,
like the ”how to do Gjestebud”, metioned several examples
(dinner, café, at school etc). Does this limit or promote
creativity?
x8
Du/dere står helt fritt til å
invitere hvem dere vil, vi
anbefaler inntil 8 gjester
Du/dere kan selv
bestemme når. Deadline
for å levere inspill fra
gjestebudet er 4.mai.
04/05
Dette helt opp til dere. Det
som er viktig for oss er at
dere får tid til å snakke og
diskutere temaene som
opptar dere. Bruk en time
eller to, arranger
middagsselskap, inviter på
kaffe, gå tur, mulighetene
er uendelige.
Det viktigste for oss er å
få tilbakemelding fra
dere på kommuneplan-
ens arealdel.
!!
!
Hvem? Hva?
Når? Hvordan?
Gjennomføre
Gjestebud
Gjennomføre
gjestebud
x8
Hvordan?
Dette helt opp til dere.
Hvem?
Du/dere står helt fritt til å invitere hvem
dere vil, vi anbefaler inntil 8 gjester
Når?
Du/dere kan selv bestemme når. Deadline
for å levere inspill fra gjestebudet er
4.mai.
Levere?
Dette er helt opp til dere.
I pakken er det lagt ved frimerker, dere kan
også ta bilde eller scanne det dere har og
sende til:
Anne@svelvik.kommune.no
Tlf. 97 75 44 45
04/05
More text and example heavy. Less text, better organized and
fewer examples.
In terms of the digital tool, there were less comments.This
might have been due to it not being as close to their hearts
as Gjestebud, but aslo becasue it is less tangible.
Again, Anne comes with a great point. In the interface I
try to explain a process, but two processes can have the
same steps and at the same time be very different.Take the
difference between an open meeting and a hearing, one is
people meeting to discuss a topic with the municipality,
the other is people meeting to discuss a topic with the
municipality. It’s the content, expectations, the next steps,
the theme, the tone etc.That make it different, or is it?
Here we enter the stage where the project becomes very big
and cloudy. We’re in to the metaphysicality of things. What
makes a thing different from another? Can a thing be two
things at once? At what point does a thing become another
thing?
Without questioning reality itself we can frame it in Platos
”problem of universals”:
Do unique properties exist?
Does gjestebud have unique properties?
In that case, what are they?
These questions are very hard. So I can with my hand on my
heart say I’ve tried to navigate them as best I can in the final
prototype.
Final prototypes:
Interface
The Core
No municipal employee present.
Involving people who usually
wouldn’t get involved.
Trusting citizens to do it how they
would like
Informal and personal tone of
voice.
Trying to answer to our philosofical questions, do
unqiue properties exist in Gjestebud?
Here I’ve tried to define what I see as ”The Core” of
gjestebud independant of the timing or frame of the
process. For me trust is the most imporant point,
trusting your citizens to be creative and to deliver on the
things you want. If you cannot trust them with this task,
then Gjestebud is not for you.
The timelines is part
of this metaphysical
discussion. But it’s main
function is as storytelling
device. What happens
when with who, and what
documents were used?
Here again we encounter
the problem of examples
vs creativity.The
documents are linked in
the story, so if one ever
wonders what ”e-mail
them invitations” actually
looks like one can just
have a look.
Also, an interesting point
is the need to write ”start”
at the top, because during
testing several people
thought that was the end.
This opened up an
interesting idea, one could
make this like a facebook
timeline if it the process is
still under way.
?
Who do you want
to engage? (.doc)
Call potential
gjestebud hosts
@
E-mail them
invitations (.doc)
Hosts do the
gjestebud
Receive summary (.doc)
from hosts
Send thank you (.doc)
and summary (.doc)
@
Start
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10.11.15
11.11.15
12.11.15
02.12.15
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11.12.15
Asker kommune la inn nye dokumenter i
Gjestebud.
Larvik kommune kommenterte
Barnetråkk.
Larvik kommune la inn en ny versjon av
Meningsmåling
Svelvik kommune delte sine erfaringer om
Ordførerbenk
Svelvik kommune la inn nye dokumenter i
Gjestebud
Svelvik kommune delte sine erfaringer om
Gjestebud
Lokalutvalg Meningsmåling Gjestebud
Small Kommune
Early in the process
Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere,
til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra
innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og
innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på
folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i
forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens
samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere
bruk av metoden i forbindelse med
kommunereformen, arbeidet med
folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan.
les mer
Featured: Gjestebud
Dialog.
Home Methods Explore
The front page, with an editorialized splash.The feed to the
right is a live feed of the recently updated documents or
processes.This is meant to support two modes of operation:
You know what you want so you search or find it in the list.
You don’t know what you want, so you can pick from the most up
to date one, or choose the featured one.
The page for Gjestebud. It includes a shot intro, the core
properties, its metatags, a description of the process with
documents in context.
Gjestebud The Core
No municipal employee present.
Involving people who usually
wouldn’t get involved.
Trusting citizens to do it how they
would like
Informal and personal tone of
voice.
The aim is to involve citizens that would
not normally attend a hearing.
Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere,
til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra
innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og
innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på
folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i
forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens
samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere
bruk av metoden i forbindelse med
kommunereformen, arbeidet med
folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan.
About
Give a selected group of citizens the task of
disucssing an issue sent by the municipality.
The point is for them to discuss it when and
how they want.
Summary
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Svelvik
Larvik
Asker
Summary
Versions
Download material
invitations.doc
description.doc
feedback.doc
reflections.doc
Svelvik
Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere, til hvordan
kommunen kan få innspill fra innbyggere som er berørte av temaer,
og innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på folkemøter.
Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i forbindelse med høringene i
kommuneplanens samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere bruk
av metoden i forbindelse med kommunereformen, arbeidet med
folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan.
Home/Methods/Gjestebud
Metoden er så langt brukt i
Svelvik i forbindelse med
høringene i kommuneplanens
samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre
vil vi vurdere bruk av metoden i
forbindelse med
kommunereformen, arbeidet
med folkehelseoversikt og helse-
og omsorgsplan.
Small Kommune
Early in the process
?
Who do you want
to engage? (.doc)
Call potential
gjestebud hosts
@
E-mail them
invitations (.doc)
Hosts do the
gjestebud
Receive summary (.doc)
from hosts
Start
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10.11.15
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02.12.15
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Dialog.
Home Methods Explore
Final prototypes:
Package
Gjestebud.
30.11.15 Oslo Kommune
Bydel Nordstrand
Sammen om flyktninger
Tema
Temaet for gjestebudet denne gangen er
flykningkrisen og hvordan vi i Nordstrand
bydel kan bidra. Vi lager for øyeblikket ny plan
for hvordan vi skal takle noen av de
utfordringene som kommer. Vi er derfor ute
etter tilbakemeldinger, tanker og forslag
knyttet til dette.
Europa står akkurat nå overfor den største
flyktningkrisen siden 2.verdenskrig. I Norge
sitter 5000 flyktninger med positivt vedtak fra
UDI og venter på bosetting i kommuner, mens
kapasiteten i mottaksapparatet er sprengt.
For 2015 er det planlagt at Bydel Søndre
Nordstrand skal bosette 31 flyktninger
ordinært, og i tillegg 12 flyktninger vedtatt av
byrådet 3.9.2015, totalt 43 flyktninger
Saken har vært mye i media og det finnes
mange spennende spørsmål knyttet til temaet .
Her er noen typiske spørsmål:
Hvordan kan vi integrere bedre?
Hvor burde de bo?
Hvordan burde de bo?
Hva kan vi som bydel gjøre?
Hva kan vi som medborgere gjøre?
The package consits of 4 main pages and a kit for creating
and documenting discussion.
The two pages (above) introduce the theme.
The other two thanks the host for contributing, explains
where in the process we are and gives them an instruction on
how to do a ”Gjestebud”.
This page thanks the host for holding the Gjestebud.The
timeline here shows where in the process the Gjestebud
happens, and is taken from the Medvirk Project by Julia
Grundström and Ragnhild Nordgård.Their project is a portal
to processes like Gjestebud, where citizens can follow the
process.
The aim of this section is to thank, to build context and
expectations and to possibly make it easier to follow the
process in the future.
Start
Forslag til
vedtak
Planprogram
Vedtak
Utredning
Ferdig
Vedtak og plan
Forslag til
plan
Høringsperiode
Høringsperode
Høringsperiode
2014
2015
2016
2016
Denne runden gjestebud skal ta tak i
de Syriske flykningene og hvordan vi
kan huse og integrere de som
kommer.
Det overordnede målet er at vi kan
kunne lage en god plan som virkelig
løser noen av de utfordringene vi
står overfor.
Gjestebud er en metode vi i
Nordstrand Bydel bruker for å få til
tettere dialog mellom bydelens
innbyggere og bydelsutvalget.
Hjertelig hilsen,
Bydelen
Tusen takk for at
du bidrar!
For dybeinformasjon se:
www.medvirk.no/oslo/nordstrand/gjestebud
Medvirk er et projekt av Julia Grundström og Ragnhild Nordgård.
(http://juliagrundstrom.com/project_gk6_medvirk.html)
These are the two main discussion tools.The first one (above)
is there to spark discussions about what is imporant out of
all the things discussed. It’s a tool that helps the Gjestebud
focus, as well as make it easy for the municipality to analyze.
Dette synes vi er viktigst. Dette synes vi er mindre viktig
Anne.s@oslo.kommune.no
Send til:
The second (below), is there to put in the middle of the table
so that the guests are not bound by the host to know what
questions are included in the package. It is an attempt at
creating a more distributed and democratic relationship in
the meeting.
Hvordankanviintegrerebedre?
Hvorburdedebo?
Hvordanburdedebo?
Hvakanvisombydelgjøre?
Hvakanvisommedborgeregjøre?
Hvordan kan vi integrere bedre?
Hvor burde de bo?
Hvordan burde de bo?
Hva kan vi som bydel gjøre?
Hva kan vi som medborgere gjøre?
Sentrale spørsmål
Sentralespørsmål
The ”instant gratification” that came up in the research has
been tackled with the update letter I also made. What people
missed the most was a clear cause and effect of their input. So
the structure of this document is simply that, what you said
and what we did.
While in practice it might not be possible to include
everyones individual feedback, I still strongly recommend
the structure, as all participants involved in testing found it
a great piece of feedback.This patches up the overall loop,
where participants can get confirmation that their feedback
was taken in to account, possibly creating more motivation.
Takk for dine tilbakemeldinger.
Som følge av deres og flere gjestebud har vi
gjort flere forandringer i planen. Her er noen
av kommentarene dere sendte inn, og våre
svar.
“Bra at planen er kort og lettlest, men savner
noen tøffe grep som for eksempel 500-1000
nye tomter med sjøutsikt innen 2020.”
Prioritert standsonen høyere i flere
deler av planen. Vi har også
kommunisert dette videre til teamet
som jobber med strandsonen nå.
Vi gjorde
“Glem Storgata som handlegate, lag heller
bra handlesentrum rundt Juve”
Her er det stort sprik i befolkningen,
men vi er enige om at Juve er en god
arena for dette. På samme tid er vi
opptatt av et levende stentrum, så vi
setter i gang en runde som tar tak i
dette.
Vi gjorde
“Mindre fokus mot ”unge eldre”, må
konsentrere oss om de som virkelig er
pleietrengende”
Vi ser på denne gruppen som svært
viktig. Vi har troen på at vi klarer å
jobbe forebyggende slik at disse
unge eldre ikke blir pleietrengende.
Vi gjorde
For dybeinformasjon se:
www.medvirk.no/svelvik/gjestebud
Hosting a Gjestebud with my friends.This was great to
try, as the three people in the session all have different
perspectives on the municipality. Martin (left), is a
filmmaker. Marius (middle) is a lawyer and Iver (right)
is a writer.This gave me feedback on both the emotional
storytelling as well as the more rational mechanisms of the
package.
Final prototypes:
In action
Hosting a second Gjestebud with my mothers friends. In the
photos below you can see the discussion tool being used so
that both sides of the table have access to the questions.
Included a notebook in the package so that users might take
notes and just send it back. A lot of fun was had with the fact
that I forgot to remove the price tag (30kr).
The final prototype:
Learnings
From these two Gjestebuds, a post-fact discussion about the tool was
done. From observations and disucssions some main feedback points
emerged:
Text is crucial.The current text in the package, even after three ite-
rations still has elements of hard to understand language. It could be
even more direct and targeted.
Examples are a hot topic. Both Gjestebud were spilt in whether or
not to include examples for all parts (how to do, how to document,
how to deliver).
The description for the host of how to do the Gjestebud has the
wrong structure. Instead of HOW,WHAT,WHO,WHEN it should
have: BEFORE, DURING, AFTER.
On rewards of participating. Both Gjestebuds questioned possible
rewards, a card and sticker to show off or an invitation to the Mayor
came up as possible versions.
On a positive note, all Gjestebud participants found it engaging and
interesting. I am also quite happy with the final prototype.
			 -Alfred
Final report Gjestebud Alfred B C Holmen- AHO 2015

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Final report Gjestebud Alfred B C Holmen- AHO 2015

  • 1. Systems oriented design The Oslo School of Architecture and Design In collaboration with Svelvik Kommune Asker Kommune Larvik Kommune by Alfred Benjamin Clatworthy Holmen Med vennlig hilsen, Kommunen Exploring how municipalities involve citizens.
  • 2. Introduction This report describes the 4 months of my project with Svelvik Kommune and their methods of involving citizens in their processes. This first section describes the intial weeks that were focused on researching both the human aspects as well as the systems and contexts they exist within.This section will therefore try to highlight the main points of that research and attempt to structure and analyse the data gathered. Enjoy! - Alfred Benjamin Clatworthy Holmen
  • 3. Core findings The core process of the whole gjestebud system is the pre-process where they find out what the purpose of the process is. People in Svelvik are hesitant to participate because it can be hard to see the value of submitting feedback to the municipality. Gjestebud aims to fix this. Synthesising and applying citizen feedback on a particular issue is fuzzy and is mostly based on experience. Core Process What do we want to know? Who do we want to involve? How do we involve them?
  • 4. The project This project is about ”Gjestebud”, and in more general terms about how local democracy can be facilitated. Gjestebud is a method for involving citizens in to municipal processes. The reason it exists is party due to the fact that involving citizens in processes is mandatory by law, but also partly due to Svelvik Kommune innovating, and finding a method that fit their process well.The basic concept of gjestebud is that the municipality finds an area where they would like to involve its citizens, send out a short brief for the topic or issue to people it thinks have important feedback to give, and get them to invite their friends to discuss the issue. It can be summarized like this: ”Gjestebud is about citizens inviting friends to their home and discussing issues from the municipality.” The task of this project is to look in to this process, and look at how it is screwed together with the aim of designing some intervention or concept connected to this process. Since this is a design project, design methods and design thinking will be used as the main tools for investigating the system.
  • 5. My process Understand the process of gjestebud Understanding the people involved Understand the context Understand systemic factors
  • 6. The process The first step was to get an overview of the process as the process leader understood it. As explained earlier, the process is fairly straight forward (give people topic, get feedback on topic), but as always is with these types of processes, it’s a lot more complex than we think.To uncover these hidden factors, an informal mapping session was conducted with the project owner Anne Synnøve Horten from Svelvik Kommune. What we see here is the process visualized.The municipality needs to involve their citizens in the process, in this example, a process for reviewing new plans for the physical environment (roads, beaches etc.).They define what they want feedback on (is this a good plan/what is missing etc), then they define who they want feedback from (people who live near roads/beaches/forests etc.). ? ? ? ? Gjestebud What do we want to know? Why do we want to know it? Pre-process? Who do we need to contact to know what we want to know What happens to our feedback in the process? How do we use the feedback? How do we submit feedback? Kommune Process as I understand it
  • 7. They then contact these persons and ask if they would like to get their friends together and give feedback on this topic (plan). If yes, the host organizes it however they want, writes the minutes, and then sends that in to the municipality.This then gets summarized by the municipality and applied to the plan.
  • 8. Analysis: Process Firstly that the start-up phase of the project is extremely crucial in determining how the process is done. Defining the scope, sucess criteria, who, what, where etc. are questions that needs to be answered in this stage, the quality of this stage is crucial. What do really want to accomplish here? ? ? ? ? Gjestebud What do we want to know? Why do we want to know it? Pre-process? Who do we need to contact to know what we want to know What happens to our feedback in the process? How do we use the feedback? How do we submit feedback? Find out how we know it. Find out what we want to know. Find out why we want to know it. Not all processes need participation Not all processes with participation benefit from gjestebud. So we need more than one method of doing participation. We need a toolbox for local democratic participation processes. And we need to be able to choose the right tool for the right problem. We need to be able to apply it. Start-up Kommune
  • 9. Secondly, the interaction and communication between a lot of the actors of the process is fuzzy and non-standardized. How we talk to people, what we say, how we design e-mails, invitations etc. are questions that are not answered the same each time the process i done. ? ? ? ? ? Gjestebud What do we want to know? Why do we want to know it? Pre-process? Who do we need to contact to know what we want to know What happens to our feedback in the process? How do we use the feedback? How do we submit feedback? Who do we contact? How do we choose? How do we contact them? What do we send them when they say yes? (how do we deal with “no”?) What do they send us when they are done? What do we do with the feedback? Segmentation//Contacts Tone of voice Facilitating the discussion Format? Preparation Expectation Prepare for output Usefullness Effectiveness//Ease of use Format? Communication Internalization Publishing? Communication Kommune
  • 10. The third thing is that the feedback loop is unclear and fuzzy. What mechanisms exist to keep people in the loop of the process? How do they follow their feedback to the municipality? Does this loop even exist? On a broader level it’s about what makes people comes back, what makes people feel valuable here? How can we facilitate follow-up? (what if we didn’t do much?) ? ? ? ? Gjestebud What do we want to know? Why do we want to know it? Pre-process? Who do we need to contact to know what we want to know What happens to our feedback in the process? How do we use the feedback? How do we submit feedback? How do we communicate what we did with the feedback? How can I follow the process from here? Can i contribute more? Publishing Communication Expectations/Outcomes Publishing Communication Feedback on feedback The next step? Feedback Kommune
  • 11. Main takeaways 1. How do we start up? 2. How do we communicate? 3. How do we loop back?
  • 12. So now that we have some idea of what goes on, who are these people experienceing this? How do they experience this, and other processes? How do people feel about the municipality? What is it like to live in Svelvik? All these questions are interesting in our inquiry in to the process and it’s broader implications and contexts. This phase consitsed of three main elements: 1. Informal interviews with people around Svelvik, everyone from the mayor to random people in the street. 2.Two days of immersion, what is it like to walk around Svelvik, who do you meet and what do you see? 3. Metabud, a gjestebud about gjestebud, what is it like to participate and plan? The following section is a summary of all these different methods of investigating, their results and their analysis. People
  • 13. A story I met Brit at the old café she used to run in the centre of Svelvik. It was a rainy monday, election day, and my first day in Svelvik. She sat on the table next to me and was chatting loudly with the lady running the café who stood by the counter about 5 meters away.The subject of the conversation was everything from local town gossip (that I didn’t understand) to election results and expectations for the future. At one point she announced that Svelvik was such a hidden gem and that she didn’t understand why people didn’t want to come and live here. I took my chance,”I’m here for the first time today” I said. A giant smile met me and from there we were off. She told me of how Svelvik was the most northern southern town, a hidden gem of happy people living in this idyllic landscape of fjords, mountains and forests. As we delved deeper in to the subject I wanted to talk about (municipality stuff) she said that Svelvik had not long ago been in trouble both financially and politically. People were getting involved, hearings were full of people due to the cost-saving proposal to close a school. People were angry, and people were engaged in local politics like she had never seen before. Even though the school did in the end get closed, the municipality seems to be on the way up. She was very positive and said that she thought proposing stuff to the municipality was fun and that people in general really care about local political stuff here. Her experience though was that very often her suggestions did not do much, nothing really happened.That made her apprehensive sometimes. She was also adamant that a lot of other places in Norway mirror Svelvik. Idyllic places with budget issues and strong feelings of local community.
  • 14. She wishes people would move to Svelvik A lot of people care about Svelvik Thinks that participation is fun Apprehensive because she wants to feel valued Svelvik is a good example of citizens owning and engaging in politics. From this story we can also draw out an interesting framework for looking at peoples feelings towards participating. Brit feels that even though she is very willing to participate, she feels the opportunity to do valuable participation is low. So from here we have two variables, willingness to pariticipate and perceived opprtunity (her actual/real spectrum of opportunities to participate is irrelevant as they don’t exist within her realm of currently perceived opprtunities). Main findings Willingness Perceived Opportunity Brit
  • 15. People I met From this we can extrapolate things we already know, her perceived opportunity for valuable engagement is low because she feels she is throwing feedback in to a black hole sometimes. But on the other hand she likes to participate, so in terms of our project is she is interesting as Gjestebud in itself does not accomodate this person. Rather, it accomodates the opposite person, the person who has the opporunity to participate, but is not willing.The municipality can engage with Brit by giving her an opporunity, while the person who isn’t willing, would not take the opportunity, even though that persons feedback might be very valuable. But does this person exists? By applying our framework to all the different people I met during my time in Svelvik we can see some very interesting results. W PO Guri ”I think Svelvik is very open, and I think they are good at involving us” ”I wrote in the local paper about it, and got good feedback” Guri sees the opportunities and is willing to participate in them, she has been to several hearings and is active in the local newspaper.
  • 16. PO Elin Elin is also a business owner, she is very clear on where the municipality has power and where it doesn’t. She also feels like she doesn’t have anything to say when I asked her what could be improved. ”The barrier is low, but I don’t have anything to say” ”I feel the municipality cares a lot, and tries very hard” PO Lise Lise is a business owner, with kids in school, so therefore she got heavily involved in the school issue.There she experienced that people with the loudest voices get heard, which put her off. ”I got heavily involved in the budget problem” ”Those who shout get heard, I don’t shout, it’s about who you know too” W W
  • 17. W PO Aksel Aksel works at the local kiosk, he is young and not very engaged in mu- nicipal stuff, his girlfriend lives out of town so the his biggest issue is the bus running on time. ”I never talk to the municipality, I don’t have those kind of problems” ”Never been interested in the municipality”
  • 18. Firstly, it’s easy to spot the outlier. Aksel stands out as having very little willingness to participate, why is this? Is it interest based? Is it simply not fun enough to participate? Or maybe participation doesn’t lend itself to everyone? What can be certain is that Aksel is the person that Gjestebud wants to target, a person that is affected by a plan, but is not aware nor willing to give their opinion by contacting the municipality. So the municipality has to find him. How they do that is another issue. The nightmare scenario for the municipality is to miss people like Aksel, and ten years down the road he suddenly becomes outspoken of something that could have been prevented 10 yeard prior. Secondly, it’s quite clear that people see the opportunities, but their willingness to participate in these is different. I would argue that a main critique of this framework is that the two are inherently linked, if you want to do something you find opportuntities, if you find a lot of opportunuties you might be more willing to participate. While this might be true, I still find it facinating that people are so willing to admit that they have a lot of opportunities, but that they don’t have anything to say or that they don’t see the value. Main takeaways
  • 19. I think the reason for this is twofold: 1.There exists some social pressue to say something ”smart” in large crowds. Anyone who has attended any big class or gathering has felt this fear. 2.They underplay their role and value and are not aware of how valuable it might be to the municipality.
  • 20. In addition to the interviews, the metabud and observations gave some key findings.They can be summarized like this: How can we more easily follow the process? How can we more easily interact with the process? Fear of the «black hole process» Don’t want to feel like «sand in the machine» Summary
  • 21. People & Process So to conclude we have to look at these two aspects together. We know now that the municipality wants to interface with specific people that don’t normally communicate with the municipality. We know that people see the opportunity, and have some degree of willingness, but struggle sometimes to see the value of their own contribution. So here we can look at the systemic level of interaction between those aspects. If we apply the HTO framework from human factors to look in to how the complexity is distributed between HUMAN, TECHNOLOGY, ORGANISATION, we can get a good idea of the structure of the process and where it is grounded. As mentioned at the start of this report, we already have discovered 3 areas where possible intervention can be applied (start-up, communication, feedback). Applying our HTO framework to these areas we see that these main processes are mainly human and organisational based. human org tech
  • 22. If we visualize our framework over the three main processes we can see that over time in the process the complexity is moved from being grounded in people to being grounded in seveval peoples interaction (organisation). In the start-up phase, defining purpose, success, target group, method etc. is fuzzy. My research points towards it being inherent in the internal process of the people working there, especially Anne Synnøve. She is the driver for this phase, and without her it falls apart. And without defining this stage properly, the rest of the process lives an ill-defined and unclear life. The intersection happens in the communication phase, it lives on the shoulder of the start-up phase as that phase defines what happens within the communication phase. How do we find the hosts? How do we communicate with the host? And how does the host communicate with us? Summary Start-up Human Organisation Communication Feedback
  • 23. This leads us to the feedback phase, how do we internalize all this information and communicate it? This is very much an organisational problem that is stems from an individual level, how someone synthesizes the feedback from the gjestebud is based on their ability to apply it to the organisation of the municipality. How do we as employees deal with it, and how does the organisation apply it?
  • 24. The main takeaway from this framework is that it becomes more apparent that any intervention in the system must tackle that the system i highly reliant on people. While that can be said about a lot of systems, especially most soft systems, this sytem and process work because people fill the holes with abilites only they possess. No one can do their job like they can right off the bat. So how can we possible intervene in a system where it has been optimalised for people with such specific knowledge? A process that only works because they make it work, for them. I think this is the core of the problematique. All issues come back to this core question. Main takeaways
  • 25. Conclusions So to sum up. So far I’ve investigated the process, and found that there are three main phases where intervention is fruitful. I’ve also found that these phases are very dependent on specific people with specific knowledge. I’ve tried to understand the people involved, with citizens feeling like they don’t have a lot to say, but that they feel that they have some opportunity if they would like to. From here we have to look in to the future of what this project can be. I see 4 questions and 1 huge issue that needs to dealt with in some way to create a project that creates value. The 4 questions are: How can we scale this process to another municipality? How can we improve the quality? How can we improve the touch points? How can we design good feedback mechanisms? So as mentioned in the previous chapter, these questions sit on top of one major topic.The reason this process works so well is due to the people with specific knowledge that make it work, and make it work well.They ask the important questions before the process, what is the purpose of this process? So maybe exploring this topic further is the more fruitful path? What if we don’t need the process to scale, but maybe we just need to create a way for people who work in the municipality to ask and answer this question more and better? What is the purpose? Why are we doing it like this? This will be the next stage of this project, to find out how we can scale the people, not the process.
  • 28. This report aims to argue for the systemic leverage points and potential intervention areas identified throughout my collaboration with Svelvik Municipality.This report bases itself heavily on the work done by Meadows (1997) to be able to weight the potential leverage points against each other. To start off it’s important to recap where we left off in the last chapter: What if we don’t need the process to scale, but maybe we just need to create a way for people who work in the municipality to ask and answer the questions more and better? What is the purpose? Why are we doing it like this? So what this refers to is what I like to describe as the «core process», the process where the municipality defines what the gjestebud process really is about.The hypothesis that sprung out from the last phase that maybe this process is more central than we would like to admit, and that this really is the driving loop. To explain this further, we’ll recap some of the things that led me to this finding. Leverage points
  • 29. The invitation So to start a discussion I made some new invitations for explaining and anchoring the gjestebud with hosts. I had earlier identified this as a potential fruitful avenue, as the invitation sets the expectations for both the discussion and the results of the gjestebud. Simply put, the hypothesis was that a good invitation could facilitate a better discussion and therefore a better delivery from the hosts. So after creating a very simple prototype, the topic was briefly discussed in a meeting with Svelvik. I never got to show the prototype invitations to the people in the meeting because it became clear very quickly that the invitations I had made were already too far and too deep in the process we were talking about. Gjestebud Hei Alfred! Fantastisk at du har sagt ja til å arrangere gjestebud. Temaet for denne gang er “ensomhet i Svelvik”, vi er veldig opptatt av hva dere synes om temaet. Spørsmål vi i kommunen synes er spennende: Hvordan definerer du ensomhet? Hvordan ser ensomhet ut i Svelvik? Hvordan kan vi jobbe med ensomhet? Mvh, Alfred og alle oss i kommunen. Vi setter stor pris på at du deltar i lokaldemokratiet i Svelvik. @ alfred_holmen@me.com M medvirk.no/svelvik Svelvik kommune 3060 Svelvik Prosjektplan Følg prosessen her: innspill fra innbyggere høring endret plan Her kan du levere referatet: M medvirk.no/svelvik
  • 30. Interestingly the output of that meeting was pretty much the opposite of what I expected. While the invitation is interesting, it is different every time the process is run through. What that means is that creating a standard is not that useful as I originally had thought. In the bigger picture this finding has a bigger meaning, it means that the everything past the «core process» is dynamic and ever changing. A crucial part of gjestebud is that it is very flexible and dynamic. So let us zoom out one level.
  • 31. The core process So to zoom out one level and to look at the core process I asked to be a part of any meeting where this would be discussed. Luckily I was able to attend one quite quickly.The meeting I was invited to was to discuss the strategy for the cultural institutions in Svelvik. Attending the meeting were the leader of the library, the leader for the arts and the leader for youth initiatives as well as Anne Synnøve as a process driver. Core Process What do we want to know? Who do we want to involve? How do we involve them? And when? input define definedefine input input
  • 32. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the elements of the strategy defined in previous meetings, and how to go forward with the next stage, this being citizen involvement in to what the strategy should be (or?). So the meeting was the «core process», a meeting about how to do citizen involvement. My strategy for the meeting was to be a fly on the wall, take notes and see how they deal with these somewhat hard and convoluted questions. This strategy worked well, I eventually took part in discussions to get more insight, though as I reflect on it now, more probing would probably have been very fruitful. A total of 5 pages of notes were done.
  • 33. Findings from the meeting Firstly, observations from the meeting gave me a lot of insight in to how the municipality talks about these issues. There was a lot of talk of why this was important to do. Which in a way is a level above the core process: why do we do citizen engagement in this process?why do we even do the core process?So already there do we have an avenue of intervention. Providing municipalities with clear arguments and case-studies of instances and ways of doing involvement seems like a fruitful avenue. Another thing was that there seemed to be a feeling of Gjestebud being the already chosen method. While it was communicated that Gjestebud wasn’t chosen yet, there seemed to be a lack of other alternatives. While this most likely is due to the fact that the other people in the meeting did not have any other experience with citizen involvement. But it still reveals itself as an interesting avenue of intervention. Giving the municipality the means to explore and understand different approaches to citizen involvement then seems like a fruitful avenue. In relation to the earlier research these findings make a lot of sense. Earlier it was identified that Anne Synnøve was the person driving the process, and in this meeting that was seen to be true. It was also identified that the core process is very important, a thing this phase revealed was that this process is also difficult to do. It in may ways proved the hypothesis that the core process is important and that it can’t really be done autonomously in a lot of processes.
  • 34. From consulting with several people with the summaries from this meeting 3 leverage points emerge: Process tools So as mentioned, there seemed to be a somewhat fuzzy process discussing what to actually do when it comes to why, what, how. Also as mentioned this part of the process is crucial to the outcome of the process. So here we have identified a small part that affects the rest in a big way. So what is the scope of opportunities here? To get an idea we can look in to other process tools. Already there exist some tools to figure out how to service innovation: samveis.no (2015) http://ks-innovation-tool.herokuapp.com (2015) Summarized, these tools take a step-by-step approach to explain and help municipalities do service design. Processes that are very similar to the «core process» of Gjestebud are explained in these tools. So would it be possible to do a similar service, but for citizen engagement? It all depends on the level the tools exists within I think. Making something that can be used actively so anchor why and what and why where people are drawing on it workshop style? Summary: Leverage points
  • 35. It all depends on the level the tools exists within I think. Making something that can be used actively so anchor why and what and why where people are drawing on it workshop style? Or are we making something that is more as a resource tool that works more like the digital process tools like samveis? Samvirk. Når du står overfor komplekse utfordringer holder det ofte ikke å endre arbeidsrutiner og kompetanse hos de ansatte. Kommunene må tenke nytt – både om hvordan oppgavene løses, hvem som kan være med å løse dem, og hvordan tjenestene organiseres gjennom samspill mellom ulike yrkes- grupper og omgivelsene. Lokalutvalg Gjestebud Folkemøter Høring
  • 36. I think both or a combo are fruitful interventions, the digital process tool is more geared toward different municipalities communicating how they do citizen engagement and learning from each other. In terms of the framework by Meadows (1997) this is potentially fairly high up there. We are talking about moving the power of process and citizen engagement in to a more distributed system, as well as moving government in to a position where they can more easily do citizen engagement. In terms of the physical tool for discussing and describing process, this is meant to supercharge the discussion and quickly describing and finding the right approach when it comes to citizen engagement.This is more of an internal tool for each municipality, and when it comes to the framework by Meadows (1997) I would argue this isn’t as high, but it is also more short term. I would argue it it’s in the realm of driving feedback loops, creating discussions and creating awareness of the possibilities.
  • 37. Richness Another thing identified by several people is that the municipality isn’t present when the most rich information in the process is available.The actual Gjestebud only exists to the municipality through the summaries and minutes developed by its participants.There is a lot of richness that is potentially missed by the municipality. What do people argue about? What do they say and what do they say it? Those elements are very rich in information and are elements we as designers care a lot about. What people say might not be what they do. So how do we capture this richness? A core part of the Gjestebud process is the fact that the municipality doesn’t participate in the Gjestebud. So the challenge here is to be able to capture the richness without the municipality being present. Giving them cameras? Giving them some other prompt?
  • 38. I think this avenue is super interesting, because it switches up the power structure slightly, giving the citizens more power in the process. So according to our framework (Meadows 1997), we can say that this lives on a lower level both in the framework and in the process.This is a leverage point that creates more feedback loops with the citizens and planners and might have more of a tangible difference in the process.
  • 39. Talking to several different people about these two main directions leads to be even more split and unsure of which is the best avenue. Mosse from AHO and Thale from Svelvik were very interested in the digital process tool, while Agnete from Making Waves and Kaja from AHO prefer the richness concept. While the feedback from Svelvik weighs a lot more, there are clear advantages with both. So to be honest I’m unsure. I feel I need some pointer to which is actually the better concept, so do I prototype both on a small scale? Killing a darling is hard. Maybe there exists some middle ground? Opinions
  • 40. So the obvious next step is the prototyping phase. Currently the plan is to make a very basic form of the digital tool with the analog tool based on my previous research of what I feel would add, and then try it in a meeting with Svelvik.The previous meeting I attended would have been the perfect opportunity, but there are several planned I think. I was also thinking of trying to do a second Gjestebud (metabud) about Gjestebud, but this time about the potential digital tool. As part of this I would also try to capture the richness as an example of the things that could potentially be part of improved minutes. An important thing to note is that during the writing of this report two very important meetings are coming up: Meeting with Larvik Municipality who have used Gjestebud actively. In this meeting I aim to present small prototypes of both concepts to get feedback of usefulness both across municipalities and on the actual content.This is municipality that is slightly far away, so I don’t think they’ll be a weekly meeting partner, but it’s a great opportunity to create value across municipalities. Meeting with Asker & Bærum Municipality who have an innovation centre and use citizens actively. In this meeting the aim is to get a deeper understanding of how these concepts could work in their processes and get feedback on the low key prototypes. I see Asker & Bærum as a potential key partner. It’s not far away and they have a great platform for prototyping and bouncing ideas off of. Prototyping plan
  • 41. To sum up it comes down to three main points: A digital process tool is a high level avenue for intervening. A low-fi clickable prototype is «easily» made and could be used to test with two different municipalities. An analog process tool is a low level avenue to help discussions around the citizen engagement processes and methods. A low-fi printable prototype is easily made and could be used to test with two different municipalities. Increasing the richness of the Gjestebud process is a low level avenue to increase both the power of citizens, but also the quality of the output.This is slightly harder to prototype on a bigger scale, though could be applied to small groups as a case-study. Main takeaways
  • 44. To start off this section, I think it would be beneficial to preface with the conclusion of the previous chapter: ”While the feedback from Svelvik weighs a lot more, there are clear advantages with both. So to be honest I’m unsure. I feel I need some pointer to which is actually the better concept, so do I prototype both on a small scale? Killing a darling is hard. Maybe there exists some middle ground?” This middle ground is the focus of this report. I realized through conversations with both Svelvik and several others that both making a tool for municipalities combined with making a ”boots on the ground””Gjestebud-pack” would actually be great. So the hypothesis’ for this part of the project become: ”Creating a tool for municipalities to better understand their own and others process would lead to significant change.” ”Creating an example of a ”Gjestebud-pack” to challenge the process would lead to significant change.” The starting point
  • 45. So, this is our jump off point.This part of the report describes how I have prototyped and experimented myself through these two hypothesis’. As the individual elements of the project are very tightly knit together (teaching process, process example) they have very often been presented together, so this phase includes a lot of simultaneous development of both. I would like to thank everyone who helped me with their opinions and insights.
  • 46. The national prototyping roadtrip was created to explore several different municipalities in a quick and efficient way. The goal of the trip was to get feedback on the direction and elements of the project, as well as get insight in to how they do their processes. Asker Kommune - The first stop. From what I gathered from talking to Svelvik and Riche at Halogen, they regard Asker Kommune as one of the best municipalites when it comes to innovation. This also became very clear when I went to visit. I was scheduled to meet with Geir Graff and Lene Bergseth at the ”Knowledge Center” in Asker. After finally finding my way, I realised that this center is Asker Kommunes Knowledge Center, not just any knowledge center.This means that the sole purpose of this department is to learn and share knowledge within the municipality.These people are perfect (for my project at least). We started the whole meeting with a ”walk-and-talk”, where they showed me the building and how they work in it. They also showed me all the small things they do to create innovation within their own organisation.This is everything from nudging people to sit with new people to showing projects on screens and having people present in the lunch. This is all part of Asker Kommunes innovation strategy, small steps make big changes, so just sitting with a new person might spark some innovation. The national prototyping roadtrip
  • 47. They call it ”innovation by chance”. This innovation by chance theory intrigued me. I got them to ellaborate more on it, and as we turned a corner I saw a great sign on the wall: ”We don’t make mistakes, we do variations” And then it clicked. Svelvik have done 4 Gjestebuds, and every single one has been different in some way.These are not mistakes as such, but small innovations. And as Geir and Lene continued to talk about it, they mentioned that a lot of their learning comes from talking to people at conferences and network meetings. Talking about mistakes and talking about variations.Then they take what they learn and apply it to Asker. A new project is born. We then discussed Gjestebud specifically and they explained that they are trying it out ”now”.They saw what Svelvik had done, and made it theirs. It is being used now for trying to get insight in to an area of Asker where both very poor families and very rich families share the same space. By doing Gjestebud, they can try to create understanding between the neighbours, as well as creating insights for the municipality. In short, they have taken what Svelvik has done and then applied to it their context and their process, a small change at a time.
  • 48. So could my digital tool facilitate this? Allowing municipalities to easily share their process so that others might take it make it theirs?
  • 49. Prototypes at this stage Samvirk. Når du står overfor komplekse utfordringer holder det ofte ikke å endre arbeidsrutiner og kompetanse hos de ansatte. Kommunene må tenke nytt – både om hvordan oppgavene løses, hvem som kan være med å løse dem, og hvordan tjenestene organiseres gjennom samspill mellom ulike yrkes- grupper og omgivelsene. Lokalutvalg Gjestebud Folkemøter Høring Gjestebud Hei Alfred! Fantastisk at du har sagt ja til å arrangere gjestebud. Temaet for denne gang er “ensomhet i Svelvik”, vi er veldig opptatt av hva dere synes om temaet. Spørsmål vi i kommunen synes er spennende: Hvordan definerer du ensomhet? Hvordan ser ensomhet ut i Svelvik? Hvordan kan vi jobbe med ensomhet? Mvh, Alfred og alle oss i kommunen. Vi setter stor pris på at du deltar i lokaldemokratiet i Svelvik. @ alfred_holmen@me.com M medvirk.no/svelvik Svelvik kommune 3060 Svelvik Prosjektplan Følg prosessen her: innspill fra innbyggere høring endret plan Her kan du levere referatet: M medvirk.no/svelvik Digital tool Contrasting methods and how municipalities have used them. Gjestebud package Invitations and materials for hosting and creating good meetings.
  • 50. Larvik Kommune - The second stop. I visited Larvik because I know they have done at least one Gjestebud, so I was interested in what they learned, what materials they used and what they would change. With the learnings from Asker in my backpack I also was interested in knowing how they learn and improve from other municipalities. I walked off the train in the rain, Larvik is just one long hill, so after a long walk I finally got to the municipal builing (which of course is at the top of the hill). There I was going to meet Gillian Hockly, a planner in the municipality and the person responsible for a lot of user involvement in the municipality. Together we discussed their take on Gjestebud, where the municipality is a lot more active than in Svelvik.They go out in the street and have ad-hoc Gjestebud with people in the street and advertise it on social media and in the newspaper. It’s a very different structure, but it remains true to the core idea of Gjestebud.
  • 51. Co-creating timelines and structures for the digital tool From here, we co-created a potential structure for the service and which elements should be inclcluded in the ”package”. One of the core takeaways from the meeting was to validate my ideas and sketches, which Gillian seemed very positive about. What she was a bit hesitant about was deciding to what degree the municipality can capture richness. Because Gjestebud exists as a low economical and staff cost intiative, with a high degree of freedom. So increasing the amount of data points might be counter-productive.
  • 52. To sum up my protoypes at this stage in words: Digital tool Help municipalities share and take inspiration from each others application of the same method. Asker and Larvik might learn a lot from sharing their process and thoughts with each other. Gjestebud Package Meeting and overdelivering on citizens expectations on both what it means to co-create with the municipality, but also to empower their voice in planning processes.
  • 53. Prototypes at this stage Gjestebud Small Kommune Early in the process Cheap Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere, til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere bruk av metoden i forbindelse med kommunereformen, arbeidet med folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan. Logo Svelvik Kommune Lage invitasjoner som tydelig forklarer tema og metoden Ringe potensielle gjestebudverter Sende invitasjon til gjestebudverter 3 uker Innhente referater og oppsummere funn. Invitasjon med forklaring av metode og prosess Innbyggere som man vil vite noe fra Uformell tone og lav terskel Selve gjestebudet skjer uten kommunen til stede Gjestebud mvh, kommunen Trying to visualize and include as little and as much of the process as neccecary. What is the core this process and how can I communicate it? Transitioning from a more letter-ish style to more magazine style with a cover and a step by step guide on how to do the Gjestebud.
  • 54. Prototypes at this stage Gjestebud Small Kommune Early in the process Cheap Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere, til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere bruk av metoden i forbindelse med kommunereformen, arbeidet med folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan. Logo Svelvik Kommune Lage invitasjoner som tydelig forklarer tema og metoden Ringe potensielle gjestebudverter Sende invitasjon til gjestebudverter 3 uker Innhente referater og oppsummere funn. Invitasjon med forklaring av metode og prosess Innbyggere som man vil vite noe fra Uformell tone og lav terskel Selve gjestebudet skjer uten kommunen til stede Gjestebud mvh, kommunen Trying to visualize and include as little and as much of the process as neccecary. What is the core this process and how can I communicate it? Transitioning from a more letter-ish style to more a magazine style with a cover and a step by step guide on how to do the Gjestebud.
  • 55. Halogen - The third stop. I had planned a different third stop in Arendal to talk to a planner na- med Micheal Fuller-Gee, but my south-coast roadtrip fell through due to some unexpected events. So I returned with new energy to Oslo and to the offices of Halogen, a design company in Oslo.There I was meeting with Riche, a person who was instrumental in my research pha- se. She has deep knowledge of municpal issues, and was very happy that I had taken the trip down south to ”talk to all her friends”. The topic of our meeting was mainly the ”richness issue”, how to increa- se richness, without increasing data points or pressure on the participants? What we came up with were concepts for distributing the power of a host. What if there was a way to document in a ”co-creation style” inluced in the package? Discussing the invitations and package prototypes over lunch. Doodles and sketches on how to improve and capture insights.
  • 56. While I was at Halogen, I also had a quick and dirty proto- typing session with Peder Torget, a designer at Halogen and former AHO student. I gave him the package I had made, and we went through it together. His comments echoed a lot of the things Riche mentioned. To make it more ”instant gratification”, that you get to know what happened with the thing you did to spark motivation. To be even freer from the constraints and tone of voice of a municipality. But also that I should think about how one could show to the world what one as a Gjestebud host had done. He also said the liked the package and concept, but was quite usure what to do with it post-fact. Do I deliver it back? What do I keep and what do I throw away? Online delivery or offline?
  • 57. Prototypes at this stage: Package x8 Du/dere står helt fritt til å invitere hvem dere vil, vi anbefaler inntil 8 gjester Du/dere kan selv bestemme når. Deadline for å levere inspill fra gjestebudet er 4.mai. 04/05 Dette helt opp til dere. Hvem? Når? Hvordan? Gjennomføre Gjestebud Dette er helt opp til dere. I pakken er det lagt ved frimerker, dere kan også ta bilde eller scanne det dere har og sende til: Anne@svelvik.kommune.no Tlf. 97 75 44 45 Levere? Takk for tilbakemeldinger. Som følge av deres og flere gjestebud har vi gjort flere forandringer i planen. Her er noen av kommentarene dere sendte inn, og våre svar. “Bra at planen er kort og lettlest, men savner noen tøffe grep som for eksempel 500-1000 nye tomter med sjøutsikt innen 2020.” Prioritert standsonen høyere i flere deler av planen. Vi har også kommunisert dette videre til teamet som jobber med strandsonen nå. Vi gjorde “Glem Storgata som handlegate, lag heller bra handlesentrum rundt Juve” Her er det stort sprik i befolkningen, men vi er enige om at Juve er en god arena for dette. På samme tid er vi opptatt av et levende stentrum, så vi setter i gang en runde om dette om ikke lenge. Vi gjorde “Mindre fokus mot ”unge eldre”, må konsentrere oss om de som virkelig er pleietrengende” Vi ser på denne gruppen som svært viktig, vi har troen på at vi klarer å jobbe forebyggende slik at disse unge eldre ikke blir pleietrengende. Vi gjorde For dybeinformasjon se: www.Medvirk.no/Svelvik/Gjestebud More visual and ”playful” instructions on how to hold gjestebud. Gratification. Sending an update on the process with: What you said. What we did.
  • 58. Prototypes at this stage: Interface Gjestebud Logo The aim is to involve citizens that would not normally attend a hearing. Aim Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by the municipality. The point is for them to discuss it when and how they want. Summary www.medvirk.no www.ks.no/n3 www.samvirk.no www.svelvik.kommune.no/gjestebud Useful links Download material invitations.doc description.doc feedback.doc reflections.doc ? Who do you want to engage? (.doc) Call potential gjestebud hosts @ E-mail them invitations (.doc) Hosts do the gjestebud Receive summary (.doc) from hosts Send thank you (.doc) and summary (.doc) @ Start The Core No municipal employee present. Involving people who usually wouldn’t get involved. Trusting citizens to do it how they would like Informal and personal tone of voice. Svelvik Asker Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by the municipality. The point is for them to discuss it when and how they want. Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by the municipality. The point is for them to discuss it when and how they want. Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by Download material invitations.doc description.doc feedback.doc reflections.doc ? Who do you want to engage? (.doc) Call potential gjestebud hosts @ E-mail them invitations (.doc) Hosts do the gjestebud Receive summary (.doc) from hosts Send thank you (.doc) and summary (.doc) @ Start Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by the municipality. The point is for them to discuss it when and how they want. Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by the municipality. The point is for them to discuss it when and how they want. Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by Details Versions Comments Vertical timelines work better on screens when comparing two different processes. Trying to define ”a core” for the process. Also adding clearer ”download” buttons, and adding an element of commenting and story telling through text.
  • 59. Svelvik - The fourth stop. The second to last stop. Validating and verifying with Anne, who is the project owner, and the new Mayor of Svelvik, Andreas Muri. Funnily enough the only meeting room was the main municipal hall, so the meeting felt very official. In this meeting we went through the package in detail. Anne highlighted some very interesting points: Gjestebud is about trust, and trust comes with pressure to perform. We don’t want to create too much pressure. Saying you want ”better” results implies our citizens are not doing well enough, which they are.
  • 60. I think Anne comes with some great points there. If I trust you to give me good feedback, it creates pressure for you to give me good feedback.This is counter productive to Gjestebud as the transactional cost is supposed to be very small. The second point is that by empowering people we imply they need empowering.There are a lot of nuances in play here, when does empowering someone become a negative? When does trust become pressure? Another great point she had was about the amount of guidance supplied. In the prototype at the time there were varying degrees of examples and explanantions. Some parts, like the ”how to do Gjestebud”, metioned several examples (dinner, café, at school etc). Does this limit or promote creativity? x8 Du/dere står helt fritt til å invitere hvem dere vil, vi anbefaler inntil 8 gjester Du/dere kan selv bestemme når. Deadline for å levere inspill fra gjestebudet er 4.mai. 04/05 Dette helt opp til dere. Det som er viktig for oss er at dere får tid til å snakke og diskutere temaene som opptar dere. Bruk en time eller to, arranger middagsselskap, inviter på kaffe, gå tur, mulighetene er uendelige. Det viktigste for oss er å få tilbakemelding fra dere på kommuneplan- ens arealdel. !! ! Hvem? Hva? Når? Hvordan? Gjennomføre Gjestebud Gjennomføre gjestebud x8 Hvordan? Dette helt opp til dere. Hvem? Du/dere står helt fritt til å invitere hvem dere vil, vi anbefaler inntil 8 gjester Når? Du/dere kan selv bestemme når. Deadline for å levere inspill fra gjestebudet er 4.mai. Levere? Dette er helt opp til dere. I pakken er det lagt ved frimerker, dere kan også ta bilde eller scanne det dere har og sende til: Anne@svelvik.kommune.no Tlf. 97 75 44 45 04/05 More text and example heavy. Less text, better organized and fewer examples.
  • 61. In terms of the digital tool, there were less comments.This might have been due to it not being as close to their hearts as Gjestebud, but aslo becasue it is less tangible. Again, Anne comes with a great point. In the interface I try to explain a process, but two processes can have the same steps and at the same time be very different.Take the difference between an open meeting and a hearing, one is people meeting to discuss a topic with the municipality, the other is people meeting to discuss a topic with the municipality. It’s the content, expectations, the next steps, the theme, the tone etc.That make it different, or is it? Here we enter the stage where the project becomes very big and cloudy. We’re in to the metaphysicality of things. What makes a thing different from another? Can a thing be two things at once? At what point does a thing become another thing? Without questioning reality itself we can frame it in Platos ”problem of universals”: Do unique properties exist? Does gjestebud have unique properties? In that case, what are they? These questions are very hard. So I can with my hand on my heart say I’ve tried to navigate them as best I can in the final prototype.
  • 62. Final prototypes: Interface The Core No municipal employee present. Involving people who usually wouldn’t get involved. Trusting citizens to do it how they would like Informal and personal tone of voice. Trying to answer to our philosofical questions, do unqiue properties exist in Gjestebud? Here I’ve tried to define what I see as ”The Core” of gjestebud independant of the timing or frame of the process. For me trust is the most imporant point, trusting your citizens to be creative and to deliver on the things you want. If you cannot trust them with this task, then Gjestebud is not for you.
  • 63. The timelines is part of this metaphysical discussion. But it’s main function is as storytelling device. What happens when with who, and what documents were used? Here again we encounter the problem of examples vs creativity.The documents are linked in the story, so if one ever wonders what ”e-mail them invitations” actually looks like one can just have a look. Also, an interesting point is the need to write ”start” at the top, because during testing several people thought that was the end. This opened up an interesting idea, one could make this like a facebook timeline if it the process is still under way. ? Who do you want to engage? (.doc) Call potential gjestebud hosts @ E-mail them invitations (.doc) Hosts do the gjestebud Receive summary (.doc) from hosts Send thank you (.doc) and summary (.doc) @ Start 5.11.15 10.11.15 11.11.15 12.11.15 02.12.15 03.12.15 11.12.15
  • 64. Asker kommune la inn nye dokumenter i Gjestebud. Larvik kommune kommenterte Barnetråkk. Larvik kommune la inn en ny versjon av Meningsmåling Svelvik kommune delte sine erfaringer om Ordførerbenk Svelvik kommune la inn nye dokumenter i Gjestebud Svelvik kommune delte sine erfaringer om Gjestebud Lokalutvalg Meningsmåling Gjestebud Small Kommune Early in the process Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere, til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere bruk av metoden i forbindelse med kommunereformen, arbeidet med folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan. les mer Featured: Gjestebud Dialog. Home Methods Explore The front page, with an editorialized splash.The feed to the right is a live feed of the recently updated documents or processes.This is meant to support two modes of operation: You know what you want so you search or find it in the list. You don’t know what you want, so you can pick from the most up to date one, or choose the featured one.
  • 65. The page for Gjestebud. It includes a shot intro, the core properties, its metatags, a description of the process with documents in context. Gjestebud The Core No municipal employee present. Involving people who usually wouldn’t get involved. Trusting citizens to do it how they would like Informal and personal tone of voice. The aim is to involve citizens that would not normally attend a hearing. Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere, til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere bruk av metoden i forbindelse med kommunereformen, arbeidet med folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan. About Give a selected group of citizens the task of disucssing an issue sent by the municipality. The point is for them to discuss it when and how they want. Summary Versions Files Related Comments Svelvik Larvik Asker Summary Versions Download material invitations.doc description.doc feedback.doc reflections.doc Svelvik Gjestebud oppsto som et forslag fra innbyggere, til hvordan kommunen kan få innspill fra innbyggere som er berørte av temaer, og innbyggere som kan være vanskelige å nå på folkemøter. Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere bruk av metoden i forbindelse med kommunereformen, arbeidet med folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan. Home/Methods/Gjestebud Metoden er så langt brukt i Svelvik i forbindelse med høringene i kommuneplanens samfunnsdel og arealdel. Videre vil vi vurdere bruk av metoden i forbindelse med kommunereformen, arbeidet med folkehelseoversikt og helse- og omsorgsplan. Small Kommune Early in the process ? Who do you want to engage? (.doc) Call potential gjestebud hosts @ E-mail them invitations (.doc) Hosts do the gjestebud Receive summary (.doc) from hosts Start 5.11.15 10.11.15 11.11.15 12.11.15 02.12.15 03.12.15 Dialog. Home Methods Explore
  • 66. Final prototypes: Package Gjestebud. 30.11.15 Oslo Kommune Bydel Nordstrand Sammen om flyktninger Tema Temaet for gjestebudet denne gangen er flykningkrisen og hvordan vi i Nordstrand bydel kan bidra. Vi lager for øyeblikket ny plan for hvordan vi skal takle noen av de utfordringene som kommer. Vi er derfor ute etter tilbakemeldinger, tanker og forslag knyttet til dette. Europa står akkurat nå overfor den største flyktningkrisen siden 2.verdenskrig. I Norge sitter 5000 flyktninger med positivt vedtak fra UDI og venter på bosetting i kommuner, mens kapasiteten i mottaksapparatet er sprengt. For 2015 er det planlagt at Bydel Søndre Nordstrand skal bosette 31 flyktninger ordinært, og i tillegg 12 flyktninger vedtatt av byrådet 3.9.2015, totalt 43 flyktninger Saken har vært mye i media og det finnes mange spennende spørsmål knyttet til temaet . Her er noen typiske spørsmål: Hvordan kan vi integrere bedre? Hvor burde de bo? Hvordan burde de bo? Hva kan vi som bydel gjøre? Hva kan vi som medborgere gjøre? The package consits of 4 main pages and a kit for creating and documenting discussion. The two pages (above) introduce the theme. The other two thanks the host for contributing, explains where in the process we are and gives them an instruction on how to do a ”Gjestebud”.
  • 67. This page thanks the host for holding the Gjestebud.The timeline here shows where in the process the Gjestebud happens, and is taken from the Medvirk Project by Julia Grundström and Ragnhild Nordgård.Their project is a portal to processes like Gjestebud, where citizens can follow the process. The aim of this section is to thank, to build context and expectations and to possibly make it easier to follow the process in the future. Start Forslag til vedtak Planprogram Vedtak Utredning Ferdig Vedtak og plan Forslag til plan Høringsperiode Høringsperode Høringsperiode 2014 2015 2016 2016 Denne runden gjestebud skal ta tak i de Syriske flykningene og hvordan vi kan huse og integrere de som kommer. Det overordnede målet er at vi kan kunne lage en god plan som virkelig løser noen av de utfordringene vi står overfor. Gjestebud er en metode vi i Nordstrand Bydel bruker for å få til tettere dialog mellom bydelens innbyggere og bydelsutvalget. Hjertelig hilsen, Bydelen Tusen takk for at du bidrar! For dybeinformasjon se: www.medvirk.no/oslo/nordstrand/gjestebud Medvirk er et projekt av Julia Grundström og Ragnhild Nordgård. (http://juliagrundstrom.com/project_gk6_medvirk.html)
  • 68. These are the two main discussion tools.The first one (above) is there to spark discussions about what is imporant out of all the things discussed. It’s a tool that helps the Gjestebud focus, as well as make it easy for the municipality to analyze. Dette synes vi er viktigst. Dette synes vi er mindre viktig Anne.s@oslo.kommune.no Send til:
  • 69. The second (below), is there to put in the middle of the table so that the guests are not bound by the host to know what questions are included in the package. It is an attempt at creating a more distributed and democratic relationship in the meeting. Hvordankanviintegrerebedre? Hvorburdedebo? Hvordanburdedebo? Hvakanvisombydelgjøre? Hvakanvisommedborgeregjøre? Hvordan kan vi integrere bedre? Hvor burde de bo? Hvordan burde de bo? Hva kan vi som bydel gjøre? Hva kan vi som medborgere gjøre? Sentrale spørsmål Sentralespørsmål
  • 70. The ”instant gratification” that came up in the research has been tackled with the update letter I also made. What people missed the most was a clear cause and effect of their input. So the structure of this document is simply that, what you said and what we did. While in practice it might not be possible to include everyones individual feedback, I still strongly recommend the structure, as all participants involved in testing found it a great piece of feedback.This patches up the overall loop, where participants can get confirmation that their feedback was taken in to account, possibly creating more motivation. Takk for dine tilbakemeldinger. Som følge av deres og flere gjestebud har vi gjort flere forandringer i planen. Her er noen av kommentarene dere sendte inn, og våre svar. “Bra at planen er kort og lettlest, men savner noen tøffe grep som for eksempel 500-1000 nye tomter med sjøutsikt innen 2020.” Prioritert standsonen høyere i flere deler av planen. Vi har også kommunisert dette videre til teamet som jobber med strandsonen nå. Vi gjorde “Glem Storgata som handlegate, lag heller bra handlesentrum rundt Juve” Her er det stort sprik i befolkningen, men vi er enige om at Juve er en god arena for dette. På samme tid er vi opptatt av et levende stentrum, så vi setter i gang en runde som tar tak i dette. Vi gjorde “Mindre fokus mot ”unge eldre”, må konsentrere oss om de som virkelig er pleietrengende” Vi ser på denne gruppen som svært viktig. Vi har troen på at vi klarer å jobbe forebyggende slik at disse unge eldre ikke blir pleietrengende. Vi gjorde For dybeinformasjon se: www.medvirk.no/svelvik/gjestebud
  • 71. Hosting a Gjestebud with my friends.This was great to try, as the three people in the session all have different perspectives on the municipality. Martin (left), is a filmmaker. Marius (middle) is a lawyer and Iver (right) is a writer.This gave me feedback on both the emotional storytelling as well as the more rational mechanisms of the package. Final prototypes: In action
  • 72. Hosting a second Gjestebud with my mothers friends. In the photos below you can see the discussion tool being used so that both sides of the table have access to the questions.
  • 73. Included a notebook in the package so that users might take notes and just send it back. A lot of fun was had with the fact that I forgot to remove the price tag (30kr).
  • 74. The final prototype: Learnings From these two Gjestebuds, a post-fact discussion about the tool was done. From observations and disucssions some main feedback points emerged: Text is crucial.The current text in the package, even after three ite- rations still has elements of hard to understand language. It could be even more direct and targeted. Examples are a hot topic. Both Gjestebud were spilt in whether or not to include examples for all parts (how to do, how to document, how to deliver). The description for the host of how to do the Gjestebud has the wrong structure. Instead of HOW,WHAT,WHO,WHEN it should have: BEFORE, DURING, AFTER. On rewards of participating. Both Gjestebuds questioned possible rewards, a card and sticker to show off or an invitation to the Mayor came up as possible versions. On a positive note, all Gjestebud participants found it engaging and interesting. I am also quite happy with the final prototype. -Alfred