THE PLANTS OF IDEAS
How to collect ideas for improving our cities
Beyond producing new scientific knowledge, citizen science projects aim to foster evidence-based changes in our living environments. Affected citizens and communities are in the best position to propose possible actions that can lead to positive changes in the short and long term.
How can we go from evidence to real change?
The plant of ideas is an artefact that enables collecting ideas from passersby about how they would like to improve different aspects of the city they live in. The artifact has the shape of a human-sized cardboard plant. The leaves represent the proposed ideas. Different types of leaves or trees can be used to represent different categories of ideas. The plant of ideas could be placed in a community place such as a library or civic center, or could be used during a pop-up event.
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Read the case study and understand how this tool has been used in a real citizen science project.
Share your ideas for a sustainable city
CitieS-Health Barcelona Pilot
At the end of the CitieS-Health Barcelona pilot, we organized an online workshop and a pop-up event aimed to raise awareness among the general public about what we discovered in our study, as well as reflect together on what we can all do to improve the situation, that is how to reduce the effects of air pollution on our attention levels and increase the access to green spaces which, according to our results, have a protective effect on our cognitive health.
-To collect ideas of desirable futures that can remain as a legacy of the project