new website

27 10 2009

As of today, I officially have a page on Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Studies website. It is my hope that the site can eventually become a bit more interactive but, it’s a great start.


breaking through

27 10 2009

I am working on the Better Biking Roundtable/Design Jam and there are always going to be kinks. It was my hope to have EC attend the Jam though I have received notification that he will not be attending at this time. It was a blow to my process however, I believe I can still represent all stakeholders by conducting interviews with those who may not be able to attend. I will be preparing for those to happen this week to arrange for the following week. This is all dependent on a few preliminary conversations that I hope to have today/tomorrow.

DJ said it best; “It is critical that we see the issue[s] from every possible direction in order to have a robust view of the situation and that all of the stakeholders have a way to share their views, concerns and the realities of getting their job done – security, safety, maintenance, etc.” If EC and other facilities/security representatives cannot be present, I must find ways to represent them as best as I can.

The Jam/Roundtable is NOT about creating a place to vent or coming up with one solution; It is about collaborative thinking. As of now, my confirmations are DrA, RS, WS, CJ, EH, JS(?), DMcL, LT, CW, AgK from NYPIRG. I need to send out additional invitations to members of my Peds and Bikes course as well as a few additional faculty members. This needs to happen today.

key stakeholders?

20 10 2009

Design Jam thinking… If I (we) want this to take place, this information needs to go out to all stakeholders now. Decisions need to be made, invitations must be sent and the desired outcome needs to be clarified. I need support in this area and I’m not sure if it will come beforehand. If I’m going to pull it all off, my expectations need to be clear (at least in my head). I will discuss these challenges with CJ today and prepare a more detailed plan for the Jam later today.

and the survey says…

20 10 2009

Excerpt from preliminary survey results

Excerpt from preliminary survey results

…A lot! There has been a total of 674 people respond (as of midnight last night) to the survey. I’m not totally sure yet but I

Excerpt from preliminary survey results

believe that is about a 14% to 15% response rate. To the left is some of the raw data to date. I’m now working on ways to get the survey results in in a presentable format. I am also at the point where I HAVE to get a website together to begin pulling this all of this together. The survey ends on Friday though I believe I have received most of my responses. It is my hope that next week I can begin telling students about the results…somehow. I have sent out a MEMO to EC, ER, DJ, DrA, and WS and have not had any response as of yet. The MEMO included an invitation to the Nov. 5th Design Jam which is in still in the basic planning stage. It has been a real challenge bringing all stakeholders to one table. I have yet to succeed though people are thinking/talking about it. It seems that the best way to communicate is via email however I am finding this form of communication to be limiting.

I am struggling with coordinating everything correctly, making sure all stakeholders are included while also trying to continue moving the project forward. CJ has given me the names of a few people/students to reach out to and have yet to have the time. I hope to do that today. It is clear that there is a strong interest from students on the issues presented in the survey however, what is critical now is getting the information in a form to begin making formal recommendations to the administration. I hope to be able to do this after the Design Jam though without their participation in the Jam, I’m not sure how comprehensive my recommendations will be. Their feedback is crucial. I’m considering moving forward with the Jam preparations invitations this week regardless and seeing what sort of feedback receive from all parties.

I need to get CW back in the game from SGA as he is an important ally. I’m preparing for a meeting with CJ to go over the survey results and hopefully he can provide me with advice on moving forward and keeping the momentum going. After that–I will reach back out to CW to give him an update and see how we can begin working together on the Jam. Maybe another meeting with DrA is necessary? I’m not sure… I will also be sending out a follow-up to my MEMO today (exactly one week after the first email was sent). Should I not receive a response, I may need to change gears a bit…

PSA…now i need to get the survey out

6 10 2009

There needs to be a big push of momentum to get people to begin recognizing that something is going on around biking on campus. I’m hoping this survey will help get the word out. Things have been pushed back a few weeks but the time it is giving me is allowing me to get all my ducks in a line (I think I’ve just always wanted to say that phrase–even if it makes no sense here)… And now—our very own Public Service Announcement. ¬†Thanks BC! TO, you’re fantastic! Thanks for being an awesome sport and lending your acting abilities.