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David

It was great to take part in your first run of the game and trust you and Drew found it useful.

One thing I believe came to the fore quite starkly was the sheer amount of talent there is in communities which most visitors to our major cities never go near (I've lived in one for 3 decades).

Even though some of the topics we discussed were quite high tech it was good to see appropriate technology in use - paper and pens - even if my handwriting perplexed some participants.

Looking at the cards again tonight, some of the jargon may need to be demystified/changed for ordinary mortals and take a more red top than broadsheet tone. Specialist terminology sometimes cannot be avoided and intelligible explanations provided. I realise in professional situations jargon is unavoidable; inflicting it on the public is not.

David,
I'd have two (related) issues with this process:

1. In project management terms there is a large element of putting the cart before the horse happening here. You have identified a series of solutions and are now consulting to see how they might solve problems. Ordinarily stakeholder consultation would take place to identify problems and then the solutions would be tailored to fit the identified and agreed problems.

2. You have identified 'community' very narrowly as residents. The causes of 'multiple deprivation' in areas like Barton Hill are very complex. Off the top of my head I'd identify issues such as geography, transport, planning, housing and education as extremely relevant. All these things are managed for the community by experts and professionals. At what point and in what role will these professional communities and stakeholders be engaged?

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to say how much fun i had working with you guys. It was the first time i had done a games workshop in relation with Bridging the people-technology divide. It all sounded quite technical when i was first told about it, and a little "heavy" going. But we arrived at C@H with a few friends (safety in numbers), and listened to you guys explain what it was all about. I had so much fun, splitting up into small groups, some people i knew and some i didnt but that did not matter because we were all new to the game workshop. I have to admit i too were so pleased to see game cards on good old fashioned paper, although some of the jargon and even the wording was a little confusing but we talked through together what our interpretation of the cards were and verified it with one of the prof team. We went through what our area currently had, what will be coming soon and our wish list. I have to say our group were a little greedy with our wish list but never mind. We then choose a charecter from a list provided that we felt as a group could identify with. We then used the technology to aid our charecter through a time line from 1 to 3 years ahead, we were also given little incidents to deal with from the prof team along the way. Our little incident was that our charecter suddenly had a serious illness. Anyway i thought our time line story was funny. But seriously it made me think about the way in which we view and use technology, not only in our area but as a whole day to day. I would definatley do this again and encourage others to get involved. You dont even have to know much about the technology, I have only had an email address for two weeks.

And a comment for those playing the game in a group- nominate someone to read the cards out and the charecters info, its so much easier than say four people all speaking at once about different things.

And if you want anymore technical or indepth comments i am sure somebody elses comments will suffice.

A local resident of Barton Hill/Lawrence Hill

Steve - point taken on jargon. We'll be revising the cards to make them more people-friendly! Any suggestions welcome.
Bristol Blogger - fair general points about consulting on 'givens' ... though I don't know what previous work has been done by the local team. Maybe they can expand on that and the other issues.

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