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Participatory Media: Creating Spaces for Storytelling in Neighbourhood Planning

Lookup NU author(s): Jennifer Manuel, Professor Geoff Vigar, Dr Tom Bartindale, Dr Robert Comber



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Neighbourhood planning devolves power to communities to create their own planning policy but traditional forms of participation are still relied upon. And despite the ubiquitous nature of technology in society, digital participation methods are rarely used. In this paper, we outline fieldwork with two neighbourhood planning groups who used participatory media technology to improve engagement though the art of storytelling. We focus on the configuration of participatory media as a way to widen participation and enable story creation and sharing amongst citizens. We highlight that storytelling using media technology can provide a model of and a model for the way we ‘do’ neighbourhood planning whilst emphasising the challenges of ensuring processes are linked to tangible actions and encouraging the multiplicity of stories.

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Author(s): Manuel J, Vigar G, Bartindale T, Comber R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 1688-1701

Online publication date: 02/05/2017

Acceptance date: 27/02/2017

Date deposited: 03/04/2017

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025745

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ISBN: 9781450346559