What follows is a brief overview of some of the things to bear in mind if you decide to hold a participatory event of some kind.
We have assumed that you are running a workshop of some kind where you wish to seek the views of a group of people. This helps give the resource some structure and an idea of how some of these techniques can build on each other, but this need not necessarily be the case. Each of the techniques covered stands alone and can work perfectly well in isolation – perhaps just to give a bit of extra structure or purpose to a meeting, for example.
It is certainly not necessary to adopt them all – pick and choose as you see fit.
We should also point out that the techniques featured in this resource only represent a small proportion of those available. We have focused on those which seem to best suit the ‘workshop’ structure we have chosen.
Running participatory events involves an interesting balance of structure and creativity; planning and spontaneity that is not dissimilar to the process of making a movie.