On the following day, after our last co-design workshop (see previous blog), we had a rapid brainstorming session at Newbold House with staff members and volunteers. This workshop aimed to crystallise the concept-ideas developed in the previous co-design workshop. It also responded to the request from Newbold community who was about to receive a group of Erasmus students for a week workshop. Newbold members thought that it would be a good opportunity to test the walk as a way to engage with the students. Here we came up with a tool for capturing the walkers’ observations and hence closing the cycle of engagement initiated by the deliberative walk.
The concept generated for the tool resulting from this rapid session consisted of two folding postcards that can be divided. The first postcard is for the walker as a memory of his/her stay in Newbold House. On the front we agreed to add a picture of the Victorian house, a symbol of the past and present, and on the back we co-designed a logo with the guiding principles of Newbold Trust. The second postcard was devised to support the walkers’ insights taking the shape of a traditional postcard. The front contained a picture of the area where the new staff eco-village will be built, and the back a sentence inviting people to write or draw their observations: “Dear Newbold House”. Then, during the week we co-developed the first iteration of the tool which was ready to be tested the following Saturday.
That day Martin Allen, a member of Newbold community, facilitated the walk. In the rapid session we also co-designed the route based on the time-slot the students had and in the purpose of the walk – which in this case was to introduce to the group of students what is their commitment and how they operate as a social enterprise. During the week he collected the postcards with the students’ feedback and brought them into our next co-design workshop, hosted in the Creative Campus of the Glasgow School of Art, in Atyre Estate.