design jam notes are (finally) posted

2 02 2010

I have finally posted the notes from the Design Jam, held Nov. 12, 2009.  There are many reasons it took so long to get these notes transcribed and uploaded and I fear that the time it took to present the information, people may have lost interest.  I sincerely hope not.  I know that I lost a lot of motivation towards the end of the fall semester – I felt very lost with the project.  Not knowing what direction to take it in and the best way to move forward.  I think I’ve regained my footing and I hope to be working much more closely with the office of Student Affairs.

To reflect, the Design Jam was created to bring all stakeholder groups together to discuss the ways in which we (as a whole) could improve the campus community and address the issues surrounding cycling and alternative transit modes in and around campus.  The purpose was to gather feedback on the best was to affect change on campus and figure out what (as a group) can be done to facilitate change?  What do people see are the possibilities for improving the bike infrastructure, programming and policies on the Pratt campus?

It has been my observations, in the short while I have been at Pratt, that too often decisions are made and changes to campus policies are put into place without a clear indication as to how and why those policies were created.  There may in fact be clear, valid reasons for creating such policies however, when the directly impacts the community’s (students, staff, faculty, neighbors) relationship to the campus, I believe those reasons should at least be presented and accessible.  An example of this would be the skateboard policy, which is someone controversial (no skateboards or Rollerblades on campus).  Another example is gate closures (though this was addressed by a committee as many community members spoke up about the issues).  The design jam was designed to challenge this method of addressing campus issues behind closed doors and to present a new platform for addressing the concerns.  By opening the dialog, a more productive conversation can take place and people become thoughtfully engaged in bettering their community.

The goals of the Jam were threefold: to understand the opportunities and constraints are so we are able to explore the potential solutions for addressing bikes on the Pratt campus, to gather creative and collaborative input and integrate the needs of all stakeholder groups and, to establish clear lines of communication for better, more effective collaboration.

The outcome would be a set of ideas that will help inform the recommendations to Pratt’s senior administration.

For a quick link to the notes, click here.

Please leave comments as your feedback (particularly those who participated in the event) is needed to help create the most effective set of recommendations.



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