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Stories from Carrall Street : an exploration in participatory video Frantz, Jonathan

Abstract

Engaging citizens in planning and decision making processes in a meaning way is a constant challenge to most planners. Participatory video is a process that has been successfully used to enrich planning and decision making process, but it is relatively under explored as a planning tool in urban settings. This research explores the potential that participatory video has as a planning tool by collaboratively developing, coordinating and implementing a year long participatory video pilot project through a community/university partnership in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The research puts forward an ideal participatory video framework, and provides a detailed description of the experienced case. Reflecting on this experience the research addresses how participatory video can be used to impact planning and decision-making processes, actions that may be taken to ensure a high degree of participation in participatory video processes, and how to conduct a participatory video under time and cost restraints. The research finds that participatory video can be used to attain many valuable goals, but there are associated trade-offs that need to be considered, and focus must be maintained on goals that are well suited to the specific application. When conducting a participatory video case it is critical to establish clear and open lines of communication, embed ongoing evaluation and reflection into the process, establish collective ownership of the project, pay attention to associated risks, and be clear and realistic about the intended goals of the project.

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