Dear Division 16,
Thank you for your amazing participation in the “Me on the Map” activity this Tuesday past, which built on your incredible ideas about community planning from the week before.
We will discuss the activity in greater detail in a blog post in the near future, but for the purposes of your blog homework, remember that there were essentially three stages or versions of a map you worked with. They were:
Your Individual map (One designed by each person)
The Democratic majority map (the first map built by our facilitators based on the most popular features on each of your maps)
The Consensus map (the map built by our facilitators that would make the greatest number of people happy based on the features on each of your maps)
For your blog homework, please consider the first three options.
Please answer ONE of the following questions:
1. Choose either individual, democratic or consensus process and describe one situation where you think it would be the fairest way to solve a problem. Include enough detail that your readers will understand the situation as well as explaining why you chose the process you did.
2. Reflect on the “Me on the Map” activity and think about the maps that were produced by each process. Your individual map, the democratic map and the consensus map each looked different. Thinking about community planning, which model do you think should be used to make decisions about public space? Why? Include reasons for your choice and any ways you would modify the processes to make them more inclusive.
3. Think back to our work on the Student Vote project. Parks and Recreation is a municipal issue, as is housing and many other aspects of our city life. How do you think the Mayor, City Council, School Board and Parks Board should get input and information from citizens? Please include a description of how you would ensure participation from the largest number of people.