What some of our stakeholders told us at a meeting last week ……
Last week we invited everyone we’re in contact with through our email mailing list and Facebook, to a meeting to discuss the shape of Make:Shift 2013.
Many thanks to James, Elliot, Marianne, Kerry, Natsia, David and Nick for their valuable input and for Sheila, Anna and Caroline for helping to facilitate the whole thing.
After discussing what Make:Shift is all about – supporting more resilient and self-reliant communities in Wolverhampton – we asked the group for their reflections on last year’s event. It was agreed that we’d attracted lots of new people; that we’d created a real ‘buzz’; that some of the speakers were excellent; and that loads of ideas about improving Wolverhampton had been generated and supported.
People thought that it had been difficult to explain the concept of Make:Shift last year; that we could have reached a more diverse cross-section of the population; that the event was a bit too much like a conventional conference; that maybe two days was too long and we’d be better focusing our efforts on one really good day; that the really good bits were the breakout sessions the speakers ran after the presentations; and that the venue was a bit cold.
This year the group thought that the idea of holding an unconference was a good one. The group would like Make:Shift 2013 to be as interactive as possible. They would like to see events before Make:Shift to support peoples’ involvement and events afterwards to support idea development. The idea of holding a series of Brew Camps before and after the event was suggested, and the group would like to see plenty of social media activity in the run up to the event.
The group gave us lots of practical suggestions for making Make:Shift 2013 absolutely brilliant this year.
- Having a marketplace event before the event kicks off so people can share ideas and link together
- Showing films to spark ideas (including some video shorts from Better Off in Wolverhampton)
- Developing some easy to understand themes e.g. ideas to improve ‘our street, or community and our city’
- Creating YouTube videos of last year’s ideas
To finish up, the group gave us some feedback on some branding ideas we’d come up with. Ian, whose working on the communications side of things will be considering these before coming up with the final branding over the next couple of weeks.
That’s a summary of what the Stakeholder group thought. Do you agree with them? Is there anything you’d like to see or definitely don’t want to see at Make:Shift 2013? Have you got ideas about how we can reach out to a wider cross-section of Wolverhampton people this year?
Whatever your views, we’d love to hear them. And what better way to share them than by posting a reply to this blog right now?
We’ll look forward to hearing from you.