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Smart mobility, Smart governance, Smart economy, Smart environment, Smart living
Charette is a hands-on workshop, that refers to an intensive face-to-face process designed to bring people from various sub-groups of society into consensus within a short period of time. It can be used to bring together practical ideas, stimulate working together and facilitate consensus-based decision making. One of the goals of this method is to capture the vision, values, and ideas of the community. Through the participatory process this method will help you assemble ideas and viewpoints, encourage input and collaboration of many participant at the beginning of the process, facilitate decisions on difficult issues when the process is ongoing and resolve indecision or deadlocks between groups at the last part of the process. Charette can also help built projects upon citizens input and identify potential funding sources. Usually the method is applied in the development, design or planning projects at the level of local community, but can be adapted to various topics and geographical areas. This is a method that can be adapted to last for couple of days or couple of weeks – typical the participants have the accommodation for the night. It can be staged for group of 50 to groups of more than 1000 people. Anyone from the community can participate, but the method also relies on the expertise of professional designers, planners, architects etc. It is essential that local decision makers are present in the process. Some of the weaknesses of this method are that it can raise unrealistic expectations about the final results or that it may be dominated by the experts, which requires skilful facilitators. On the other hand this is highly creative and dynamic process that encourages collaboration between groups that usually do not work together, allows new options and scenarios to be explored, and gives locals an opportunity to be actively involved in designing solutions for their local community. Charette consists of three stages: Pre-Charette, Charette workshop and Post-Charette.

Before meeting

First phase focuses on developing and working with the committee that will determine the final focus and handle logistics. - Decide on the committee leading the process. The team is supposed to be representative of the wider population. - Identify a preliminary set of issues to be addressed or break the main issue into smaller components. - Develop community relations and public awareness. - Decide on the timing and venue of the session.

Meeting execution

The workshop is an intensive process involving participants, assessing needs, interviewing, prioritising, developing recommendations etc. During the workshop participants discuss with each other. - Share the information collected by the organizing team with all participants. When everyone has all the information needed, divide them into smaller subgroups. - Subgroups’ members interview each other and the experts dedicated to specific theme. They temporarily divide in smaller subgroups and determine the most important issues/elements. Then they discuss them together.- Participants divide in even smaller groups to discuss the identified issues even deeper. The process should be guided to ensure that topics become more focused every time, until the participants can start working on solutions and proposals.- Groups are subdivided into working groups and each deal with a chosen element/problem of the larger issue. Each group should have at least one expert in the specific area with which they deal. The process is repeated as often as needed. - Discuss the result of the discussions in subgroups together and clarify the issues. - Invite other community members to join, present the findings and collect feedback. - Develop goal in regard to resolving the issue and – if possible – form recommendations.

After meeting

The last phase creates a document based on the outcomes of the workshop containing an overview and main action points. The document is written in accessible way and in media friendly format for the distribution in local media. - Process the information collected during the workshop. - Write an accessible document. - Some time later organize another event which is open for all and focused on the implementation of the results of the workshop.
Village, Town, Municipality
One time event, 4 days - 14 days
50 - 1000
Moderator skills required, moderator knowledge required.
Sector: (Future) development, economy, mobility, agriculture, design, funding