Following on from our first trip to the Isle of Mull the Leapfrog team once again set sail from Oban to take the short hop across the water to the An Roth Community Enterprise Centre to meet with our community partners to carry on the work for our major project, ‘Peer-To-Peer Engagement’. During our last visit, we worked with representatives from fascinating local projects to co-design concepts for our first set of peer-to-peer engagement tools. On this return trip, our objectives were to deliver, demonstrate and develop the initial tool concepts into more refined tools and hopefully leave with some new ideas too. It was fantastic to see so many of the people we met on the first trip come along to work with us again and to see some new faces too.
During a sunny afternoon session we began by demonstrating to the group the initial tool concepts we had taken from the first workshop and developed into working prototypes. The tools we took along with us were a suite of project planning tools, including a stakeholder identifier and prioritising tool, project timeline tool, and an engagement strategy development tool. We also took our visual engagement tool, for rapidly engaging people without the need for pens, a template raffle ticket tool designed to gather quick responses anonymously at events, and one of our ‘analogue viral’ tools – tools that spread the word using physical things – in the shape of a template chip fork. The latter was designed to reach young people on the island and engage them in projects at points of convergence, i.e. the chippy. Following the demonstration we broke away into groups to test the tools out, get a feel for what worked and what could be improved and to discuss the potential to develop them further or even spin out some new tools. What was really great was the way the functions of the tools developed in these sessions. Some were instantly a hit, like the raffle ticket and chip fork, and it was easy to come up with variations and different ways the tools might be applied. With other tools we ran through a scenario or two before the ideas started to flow. A big insight for us was that the planning tools had the potential to be adapted into evaluation tools during the session, demonstrating that the tools will evolve and impact these tools will have once in the hands of other communities.
We wrapped the session up by coming back together as a group for a broad discussion about the tools, how they might be used in the future and to collate the feedback. We left the Isle of Mull that evening with some exciting ideas for developing the tools we have and even some concepts for new tools.