To create a sense of wonder, gain people’s trust, do less and reframe ‘value’ for all

  • One thing agreed on by everyone was that for ventures to be their most successful, community and council trust is key. Pavement pounding, social listening, stepping into community forums to understand sentiment are all critical to understand what exists and how to build on it. Buy-in should be made early, and well enough for those all-too-critical opinions to make a difference.
  • After a year of strict measures on everyone’s lives, less is more. When you control spaces with traffic lights, signs and rules telling us what to do, people tend to do what they wish anyway. Let’s close streets to traffic and set people free. Skateboarders may argue that some of the best places are created without commodification or permission. And the process of creating — or recreating — that space, rather than the finished product, can often be the source of ‘Wonder’ itself.
  • And if the way we feel in shared spaces post-COVID is different, what will we keep and what will we throw away? Do we need to reframe how we measure value — something else besides footfall and economics? And how does the commercialisation of some public spaces fit in a post-COVID world, where the sanctity of green space and fresh air gave us a new sense of freedom?

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