Prompts for conversations...
1. Draw your journey
Start by asking people to draw their journey from home to wherever you're sitting right now. This warms us up and flexes our discussion muscles.
The blank space invites us to express ourselves in whatever way we wish. Some people draw a map, some a picture... but it could be a poem! Allow 5 minutes or so to do this.
Then ask people to turn to a neighbour and compare notes, share experiences. What happened? what went well or not so well? What were the biggest challenges?
Have a group discussion about what happened.
2. 'This is good...'
If we have time we like to explore particular issues in more depth and we use picture prompts to do this. We invite people to work on their own, in pairs or in groups, to think about what works and what could be better.
We also give people the opportunity to ask questions. Travel can be complicated and we all often wonder why something happens the way it does. Encourage people to ask questions - it might start a conversation. It might start a campaign.
Finally, encourage people to 'Imagine if...' and share ideas about how products, services, people, spaces could look in the future and how that would make life easier.
These conversations can help to focus in on specific challenges and allows ideas to emerge.
The design of bus stops is often a discussion point - as are timetables. This is useful to start conversations about buses in general....
Crossing the road
It can be useful to discuss generally getting around the neighbourhood - one of the first challenges of starting a journey.
Planning, buying, using ... tickets can be complicated. This one usually prompts some interesting stories and useful ideas about doing things better!
Draw your own!
If people have identified issues that are important to them and the pictures provided do not reflect them, you can use a blank box and invite people to draw their own to help discussions along...