Addressing diverse communities and needs
The Chicago Community Conversation was designed to gather community activists and leaders from a range of fields to exchange ideas and engage in dialogue. Because of this, programming had to be thoughtful and practical, as well as accessible and useful to a diverse attendee group.
It can sometimes be difficult to put theory into practice. And, since we only work with individuals and organizations who want to create social impact, we know how important it is to make seemingly abstract or complicated concepts actionable. We wanted to design a workshop experience that equipped attendees with information, ideas, and tools they could implement right away.
Social investigation through Human-Centered Design and Deliberative Democracy.
At LimeRed, we use human-centered design in all of our work. Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem-solving that starts with the people we are designing for with the intention to deliver solutions made for people’s needs.
Through working together with the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, we also gained an understanding of the concept of deliberative democracy. Deliberative democracy describes a range of engagement methods and processes focused on empowering residents to consider all options and opinions to provide meaningful input into decision-making processes that affect their community without diluting or marginalizing authentic community voice.
Since the event attendees are also working to deliver solutions to address community needs, we wanted to use and teach these complementary frameworks during the workshop session. We wanted attendees to feel empowered to leverage these concepts in their community work.