PEP Talks

MAKING THE CONNECTION

We are excited to be running our first ever 'PEP Talk' event in Canonmills on 24 April.  Hosted by The Yard, and with a series of speakers, performers and artists in the nearby old railway tunnel outdoors all around the topic of 'Night in the City' and more creatives uses of city spaces, this promises to be an inspiring event not be missed (register for your free ticket)! 

But this more than just a fun evening out.  This is an event inspired by our discussions with people local to Canonmills over the past few weeks, and a great way to meet other local people and organisations to build on these discussions, ambitions and opportunities.  It is a catalyst to help activate activism. To build on the desires, ideas and aspirations that diverse people in the community already have, by bringing them together to make connections with one another, be inspired by speakers along a relevant theme, and generate ideas and actions together.  You can start or join the discussion ahead of the event via the PEP Talks Facebook page or using #PEPtalking

The theme 'Night in the City' for this first PEP Talk came out of this initial feedback from local people prior to the event.  This included frequent mention of the old railway tunnel and how it felt scary to walk through at night, and how the tunnel had great potential for more activities and community events.  The PEP Talk event programme has been inspired by these ambitions and opportunities local people have for the area, and will act as a way to make connections with other people interested in developing ideas and possibilities for their local places, all whilst having a fun, informal evening in an unusual city space!

If you'd like to join us at this first ever PEP Talk event, please join us on Friday 24 April at The Yard in Canonmills.  Register here for your free ticket. 

 

TINY POLICE BOX EXHIBITION

HERE + NOW have been taking to the streets over the last few weeks to talk to the local people of Canonmills, Edinburgh as part of the PEP Talks project in collaboration with Architecture + Design Scotland.  This weekend we had a truly tiny exhibition of our PREP Talks film in which we spoke to a range of people about their hopes and aspirations for the local area.  

This tiny exhibition took place in a unique miniature sized urban space - the local police box in Canonmills - and invited passers-by to come and join the discussion about their local neighbourhood, gain inspiration from the film by seeing what their neighbours are already suggesting, and stop and have a chat about their views of the area.

The Canonmills police box has historically been a community focal point in the neighbourhood so made the perfect setting for a community-oriented exhibition.  It has recently been bought by the lovely Moira, who will be transforming it over the coming months into a florist bursting with life called 'CornerCopia'.  Thanks to Moira for partnering with us on this event!

Find out more about our process and its focus on people, place and participation and the ways we design, engage and curate.

TAKING DESIGN TO THE STREETS

The HERE + NOW team took to the streets last week to do some face-to-face user research about how people local to Canonmills, Edinburgh, feel about their local area. Check out our video of this process below.

We call this a 'PREP Talk' - a preparation and information gathering event -  asking the people who use and experience a place how they feel about it at present, and what their hopes and aspirations are for the future.  The  'PREP Talk' provided  essential feedback that can then be 'fed forward' to help set the agenda for the follow-up PEP Talk event.  Who knows better what improvements their local places need than the people who live or regularly pass through there?

This is linked to our concept of  'User Experience Design for Place-making'. A focus on user-centred, participatory, iterative and bottom-up approaches to both engage people in place and provide a framework within which local people can meet each other, share their views, and work together to take action to improve their local places.

Following this initial phase of talking to local people about their experiences, we then bring the community, local businesses and other stakeholders together through events, talks and discussions to help kick-start action for improving their local places...  'PEP Talks'. They are about People Engaging in Place, a call to action and a kick-starter for local communities to work together and drive positive change. All whilst having a good time and meeting other interesting people! More on the PEP Talk series soon..

Thanks to Architecture + Design Scotland for their support in developing this process!

 

PEP Talks / PREP Talks from Jenny Humberstone on Vimeo.

HERE + NOW take to the streets to do some face-to-face user research about how people local to Canonmills feel about their local area. We call this a 'PREP Talk' - preparation and research ahead of a PEP Talk event. At a PEP Talk we then bring stakeholders together through discussion and talks to help kick-start action for improving their local places.

 

PREP TALKS..

Happy Friday !

We have had a very productive week at Here + Now as we have been out and about speaking to people in various places around Edinburgh. We are developing a very exciting project called PEP Talks (People Engaging in Place). The concept of the PEP Talks project is to ignite an interest in a certain location around the city and invite speakers and contributors to an evening (or day) of discussion and inspiration. We are in the process of developing the project for wider release,  and have been collecting material as a first stage - a PREP Talk for the .. PEP Talks… get it?! 

We have been out in the cold chatting to passing people and  are now in the process of developing a short film featuring the people we talked to. It’s been inspiring and interesting to really engage with the public and the environment around us. By engaging in a simple conversation we have gained a huge amount of insight into some spaces around Edinburgh. It definitely demonstrates that we can learn the most about a place from the people that use it.  Watch this space for our PREP Talk film .. More to come soon…!!

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