Six Word Story

Modeled after the Hemmingway’s Six Word Story Contest, this engagement strategy asks participants to distill their experience in a community down to six words. The stories give participants a chance to be creative and evocative, while reflecting on all of their experiences.

Ping Pong Conversation

Mix exercise, competition, and community dialogue all at once! What do you think are the essential questions need to be asked? Write it on a ping-pong ball and put it in a bowl full of other people’s ping-pong questions. Then randomly pull out a ball and discuss with your playing partner the thoughts that ball poses.

Bus Stop Theatre

Bus Stop Theater engages City Planners, Artists, and Community Members on issues of Transportation, Liveability, & Economic Development through short, interactive, mobile sketches and conversations at Bus Stops. Working with a playwright, director and youth actors from the neighborhood, interactive sketches are created based on information gathered from residents on the issues in their community, historical research, and participant experiences.

CityMaking Jeopardy

Everyone loves to play games! CityMaking Jeopardy is a mobile gameboard that draws participants in with its spectacle nature.

Happy Hour

Instead of asking community members to come to you, find them where they are! Happy Hour engagement places table tents and coasters in bars and restaurants around the neighborhood to ask community members “if you could change one thing about your neighborhood, what would it be?”

Community Think Tank

These are a diverse, non-hierarchical group of people from the community that come together to discuss issues important to that community. Rather than a panel of “experts” it is comprised of folks that normally may not be invited to be part of a community process, such as a teenager, homeless person, recent immigrant or anyone who feels disenfranchised in some way.

Third Place Pop-Up Gallery

Bored by community meetings? How about going to one that is fun, engaging, and still productive? Perhaps by taking over an empty storefront and stocking it with performances by local artists and ping pong!

The Pen(n) Project

Create Place artists ask participants to contribute a response to a question posed in the Pen(n) Project notebook. Once they write their response, they are encouraged to write a question that they would like to ask someone else in their community. The Create Place artists take the notebook to another individual and ask them to respond to the question that was posed by the last person to write in the notebook – acting as a written community dialogue.

Traveling Chalkboard

What do you think are the important questions that need to be asked that are essential in order to have the infrastructure of the city reflect the need and wants of the people in the city? What are your answers to those questions? Create Place artists are using a chalkboard to find out, with a process adapted from Wing’s public art project (2010), “The University Avenue Project” in St. Paul where he photographed hundreds of people in various circumstances holding chalkboards on which revealing statements are hand-written.