Module 4. Communicating ideas for improvements in the local area

Investigating the practicalities of the 15 minute city concept in your local area

Activity: Review the learning outcomes of this unit.

Students will create a presentation on the ideas developed in the previous sections of the course, to be presented to an ‘audience’. This may be internal to the institution but ideally could be made to decision makers. It could also be made using appropriate web tools.

e.g. providing student agency by drawing in local politicians, councillors or members of the planning department to share their thoughts and findings. Local press / newspapers / bloggers could also be invited if appropriate.

Identify appropriate stakeholders to which the plans need to be communicated. This will vary depending on the nature of the local area, and the way that it is administered locally, regionally and nationally. Consider what is required to have in place for this to be a success.

What data is required to be able to appropriately communicate your plans?

Activity: Choose a preferred tool or method for communication, using one from the earlier modules that you feel will be the most successful.

Select your presentation option

  • Presentation – with slides (online or to an audience)
  • Storymap
  • Podcast
  • Website – with multimedia content
  • Video
  • Poster – investigate the use of QR codes to add multimedia content
  • Other ….

<< Improving the local area

Creative tools for potential use

Activity: Try this tool that identifies the roads in a city and displays them.
Use this to create a background image for presentations or to see how dense your chosen city’s street network is and how that might influence the success of the plans.

Consider some of the changes that have occurred to our everyday domestic life in the last two years. These could be explored in your presentation. For example:

  • we cooked more meals at home e.g. during the lockdowns, more people cooked than before, but
  • there was also an increase in the use of home delivery apps for food such as Just Eat
  • many people have worked from home rather than travel to the office each day, and Zoom meetings reduced the need to travel for both work and training purposes
  • we have taken fewer overseas holidays, but travelled more within our own home countries
  • we have changed our buying habits as we have spent more time at home and become aware of our possessions that surround us
  • we have had fewer social events such as weddings when we might havebought new clothes or gifts
  • some people have started to think more carefully about their impact on the planet as COP26 has gained publicity globally as our “last best chance” to meet the Paris climate change targets
  • diets have changed, with less meat being eaten
  • the pandemic has put some people under financial pressure which means less money for purchases other than essentials.

How much progress is the country where you live making towards the Sustainable Development Goals such as SDG11?

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