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Dream session plan

Starting:  setting limits and determining roles

To begin with, the aim of the session must be clearly defined, and the role of participants agreed upon.  It must be clear what participants can expect from the process.  This also means it must be clear how much weight their decisions carry.  That is, what is the status of the results?  Are they binding?  What will be done with them? 

 

Mapping out services

By mapping out the services an area provides, a view of the current situation emerges.  This soon makes it clear whether all stakeholders are represented in the process.  If not, additional participants can then be approached.  Both competing services and services that reinforce one another can be depicted on a map or satellite image.  An urban ecologist who is part of the BAP team can assist with this step of the process. 

Generating dreams and ideas

On the basis of the potential services available, participants are asked in a first meeting to dream about the future.  Put existing policy, legislation, or other limitations out of the picture as much as possible at this stage.  Allow people to ponder what they wish to see in the area; whether these dreams are practical or feasible will be considered at a later stage.  The idea is to get the ideas flowing without being limited by practical considerations.

 

You can find practical information on dream sessions here.

 

Structuring ideas

The BAP team analyzes the ideas of the dream session participants and sorts them according to each activity's purpose.  The aims and activities are then also assessed as to their feasibility and sustainability (e.g. Can the services be utilized in a sustainable way?).

 

Setting priorities and identifying coordinators and resources

During a second session, participants are asked to rank the different goals and activities in order of importance, coordinators are named for the various activities, and resources are identified.  The plan's feasibility now becomes clear.

 

You can find practical information on this second meeting here.

Drawing up a vision

On the basis of the ideas and goals that made the final cut, an ideal vision or target is outlined that participants are enthusiastic about.  This vision, or 'enticing perspective’ is written in narrative form so that it is accessible and engaging.  The target situation or vision gives the BAP a direction and plays an important role in communication about the BAP.  It provides coherence and reinforces the connection between the separate project proposals, thus increasing the likelihood of solid support and funding. 

Also read: Visions for Leiden