Our designed tools are mechanisms to enable action and connection between city and citizen. They seek to highlight and address barriers within the food system and community participation.
Instead of people relying on pantries or food banks, our future looks to redistribute resources within communities through the Abundance Mobile, providing choice. A tandem bike, encourages spontaneous encounters and can be used to share food and local knowledge
The Living Archive
The Living Archive is a centralised database on the Council’s Open Data platform. This enables civil servants and citizens alike to click on each ward to discover qualitative data provided by the Speaking Stones alongside more quantitative, or survey-led data from Council reports and other sources.
An important feature of the Neighbourhood Hub is the Round Table. This is an evolution of Glasgow’s Citizen Panels (which the city is planning to scale up across all wards in 2022), and the Food Panels to be developed through the current Glasgow City Food Plan. Here, community needs are heard, problems are solved, local opportunities are connected and priorities are set. The Round Table (occupied by a diverse and rotating group of citizens), is designed to remove hierarchies to give everyone an equal seat at the table. Here, decisions are made in relation to economic resilience and inclusive growth that create realistic and meaningful impact for local people.
The Speaking Stones are tools for understanding local needs. They can be spoken to by citizens to pass feedback and stories to the Round Table and City Council. We imagine that these ‘stones’ could be co-designed with local artists within each neighbourhood so they meet the specific needs of the communities they serve.