This project aims to increase communication between people, & contribute to a positive change in the environment in various creative ways.
Climate Dialogue Park Project was initiated by the Founder of Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria as part of ongoing climate change mitigation project in the Nigerian communities.
The Climate Dialogue Park: Part Neighborhood think tank, part community center and public gathering space, it is a project that aims in the long run to increase communication between people, and contribute to a positive environmental change in the neighborhood in various creative ways.
Led by interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, The Park addresses issues of contemporary urban/neighborhood life that affects the environment through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking visions for city/neighborhood life.
The various ideas drawn from these meetings are transformed into implementable projects to foster environmental prosperity.
Grassroots neighborhood organizations
What actions do you propose?
At DPP we believe that in order to get something growing in our neighborhood we need to ignite the local people. Because it’s important we get the locals in the loop, and this is what we do through encounters and dialogs. With an increased number of dialogues we have an increased number of rising ideas that have taking root between at least two or more persons sitting, having a dialog.
I would like to create a place in the public, intended only for climate dialogues. Where we will install dialogue-inviting seats, intended only for dialogues among neighbors or perhaps neighborhood representatives to foster environmental sustainability. It just as simple as creating a space where we meet once or twice a week for dialogues were we are given a topic we can choose to have a dialogue around or not. This is a replicable template that can fit in anywhere in the world.
When putting out set topics for dialogues we should be aware of that its not the outcome that is of most importance, its the process during the dialogue that makes us to connect to another person that is more important, this will in the end create more vibrancy. The outcome is secondary and its also important to be curious of the outcome and examine it and see what was created and if we can harvest something from it.
HOW IT WORKS
Engage in projects with optimism
Work with people of different perspectives and backgrounds
Ask questions and listen for the needs of the end user
Search for hidden insights in conversations
Look broad and wide for initial inspiration
Develop many ideas and don’t be precious with them
07 /Think big, start small, scale fast
Nurture failure and mistakes
Allow processes to produce outcomes
Work quick and dirty to try many iterations of an idea
The 12 steps above describe how this project could unfold.
This concept is an attempt to help people help themselves and the environment and rise from the hopelessness that they may find themselves in when the city and surroundings have reached this stage of environmental decline.
It is important that new ideas and initiatives are well anchored with the local residents, and that they feel ownership for the change that may come. it is after all the local people we want to reach.
Climate Dialogue Park is a project that aims in the long run to increase communication between people, and contribute to a positive change in the city and neighborhoods in various creative ways. Climate Dialogue Park is a touring workshop / project that installs itself in the cities and neighborhoods that may need some startup help to get started to begin to create something that will help them and their neighbors to improve their environment.
Climate Dialogue Park will be facilitated by interdisciplinary team that works with helping and guiding a team of local residents with different background.
We invite people to apply to join our "design team" of local residents from different backgrounds. The team will together with the Team Leaders from Climate Dialogue Park work in x number of months to dig deeper into what the city might need, by examining its history and people through different processes, interactive exhibitions and workshops.
Climate Dialogue Park team leaders will provide the design team with tools, rules and roles and inspiration. To get a kickstart in their project, their first task will be to facilitate a "dialogue-park" for 1 day, where they invite people from the city to chat in small groups around given topics. The Design team also has the task of harvesting the discoveries which they find in the different groups and bring them back to home base to share and build a foundation from, for their coming work.
During the months the design team will work together, the team leaders will guide them through the four phases of the 4-D model which is
Discover - Appreciating and valuing the best of What Is. Information and stories are gathered about what is working well.
Dream - Envisioning What Might Be. How do we want things to be for the future?
Design - Determining What Should Be. How can we move from where we are now to this vision of the future that we have created? How can we put the ideas into practice? Who will be involved?
Deliver (or Destiny) - Innovating What Will Be. In this phase, practical strategies or projects are put into practice and space created for ideas to flow and develop. There is an emphasis on empowering and encouraging people to take action and carry forward their own ideas.
These phases will each last a couple of weeks so that the design team will have plenty of time to create workshops and installations that include the local people to contribute with their knowledge.
The team leaders will have a frame for how the process will unfold but what will be painted on the canvas will differ for every city. What will be painted in Athens is what especially Athens needs.
with this metaphor I mean that we will have the project time line worked out and all the tools to help the design team move forward thru the different phases in the project, but what they will create together is not set.
Through this concept we will incorporate local people to Create within their local community and help them self to create the change that they want. This could result in new companies, new meeting places, new or old ideas that come true. By having a core group of people (that we call the design team) we can have a close group that will work with out any interruptions. At the same time there people will do workshops, installations and research that will reach far more people that will be involved in the project as a 2nd layer.
Who will take these actions?
I think we need to start a company or organization that runs this project. we will need funding for salary for the team leaders, Rent for office space in the city, Compensation for the people in the design team, Funding that covers cost for materials, office, prtining etc.Maybe we can get companies in the region to go together and create a fund for this procejt to use for social change in the city!
However, the project will be Led by interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, constituted by Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria. They will be responsible for day in day out activities of the project across the world.
Where will these actions be taken?
Any location around the world is sutaible for this project and it is a replicable template.
How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?
This project will help local communities to take responsibility for the amount of emissions generated by them. once they know and have knowdledge about climate change they will be able to work towards sustaining their environment in various creative ways. In a nutshell, with there will be significant reduction in the emission levels across the world.
What are other key benefits?
There are other key benefit that this project could generate. It is also applicable to every situation affecting our society.
This concept is an attempt to help people help themselves and rise from the hopelessness that they may find themselves in when the neighborhoods and surroundings have reached stage of social and economic decline. It is important that new ideas and initiatives are well anchored with the local residents, and that they feel ownership for the change that may come.
For instance, through Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria this project has circulated in 158 neighborhoods across Nigeria and the dialogue workshops has produced over 100 local projects with 46 presently ongoing especially in the northern part of Nigeria. Peace has been restored in so many communities as there is now much understanding the Christians and Muslims. They now work together to say no to terrorism that is presently plaguing the region.
What are the proposal’s costs?
This concept can be put together very easily.
It depends on which level we want to implement it on. but if we should do it today, we should just bring a bunch of chairs down to the park and invite the local media and ignite the social media about it to attract people to have dialogues.
In a nutshell, we might need to set up this project with a minimum cash of 5,000 Dollars.
But if we would love to structure the project as an organization, we might need a startup capital of atleast 20,000 Dollars
Phase 1 Incorporation: Finalize business plan, incorporate, file with the SEC, build project website: January—March, 2014
Phase 2 Venture Financing: $50,000 for construction community center, and to jump-start operations: February—September, 2014
Phase 3 community center: October—December, 2014
Phase 4 Optimize stattion: November, 2014
Phase 5 open for operations: December, 2014