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.





more revisions and more to do

28 09 2009

Immediate Recommendations

I’ve made some further revisions to the usage survey. I will post the final link once I have submitted it to Vladamir for his input and assistance. I am struggling with length. It might be too long… I’m concerned about distribution and how I’m going to analyze all of the results however, once the survey is out, I think I’ll feel as though this project is more concrete. There are a lot of things up in the air currently and I’m trying to lock down as many tangible, completed tasks as possible.





draft usage survey

23 09 2009

Draft Usage Survey

Draft Usage Survey





to-do #1: blog about meeting

17 09 2009

On Tuesday I met with CJ, EH, DJ, RS (glad he came!), and two new folks, C and P (last initials unknown) from SGA. Great meeting!! Reviewed my presentation that was done for ER and friends and discussed the progress made. I have now successfully gotten all parties involved. Not all are at the table together, but in attempting to create a collaborative process, I think I’ve been successful thus far. At the meeting we discussed the projects next steps and DJ was quick to suggest a great way of getting students involved in the planning process in a way I hadn’t thought about…ask them straight up. I’m not sure if the administration would be entirely open to this however, I think they could be persuaded. Students have a lot of great insight, that’s why I want their input. I thought the best way would be to survey them but, that doesn’t necessarily give us the information we need to make decisions. Instead, CJ and DJ said–and RS for that matter–said, treat these things separately. The “design jam”–to use DJ’s term, would be a way to actively generate practical ideas: – present the problem. – present the complexities. – say–these are some things that are on the table. what would you do? This engages students in a way of thinking and working with the administration that is far more productive. The survey, on the other hand, offers insight into usage. Less of an opinion survey and more of a “how do you use bikes?” questionnaire. This will offer useful information for the projects “platform”–the online component. As CJ pointed out, there are two stages almost: the “project” (read: bike racks and policies) and the “platform” (read: the collaborative, creative, information/research based component). The trick is to have them both inform the other. I need to provide EC, ER and WS with the following: – recommendations, – requests for further study – and a time line. This must be detailed, realistic, and somehow demonstrate to them the practical reasoning for the ways I’m going to achieve the “practical” I came away from that meeting feeling high on what I had accomplished. It’s all coming together now, and I can see the challenges and I can see the beauty. This is real. CJ is excited. I could tell by his follow up email. This is certainly an exciting can of worms… Honestly, I’m nervous…





before i start blogging about the meeting

17 09 2009

…why is my time stamp so off? I would just like to put it out there that I am not up at 6am writing these blog posts. I’m committed but not THAT committed.