Turns out I cannot make it to one of these meetings…must be at work during the public times. If anyone can go I’d be interested in hearing about the event.
I looked up the term charette via Wikipedia, and this is what I found:
“The word charrette may refer to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem. While the structure of a charrette varies, depending on the design problem and the individuals in the group, charrettes often take place in multiple sessions in which the group divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for future dialogue. Such charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.”
I suppose this process sounds a bit like open space technology.I’ve been thinking about how a group like Transition Northfield qualifies itself as a stakeholder, besides the residents-of-area component. Someone recently suggested that we look into a local investment group/pool (raised by Bruce Anderson at the Nov Soup Supper), and that type of a group may be a vehicle for local money to participate in local construction projects.