Over twenty word clouds were generated during public meetings. Participants were asked questions at the beginning of the meeting; they would write their response on a card, and the results were tallied and reported back to the group during the meeting. Word clouds are visual depictions of the responses. The more frequently a response was repeated, the larger it appears.
AT The Opening summit participants were asked “what is one word that comes to mind about Southeast Florida now and in The future.”
Word clouds were created. The more often a word was repeated the bigger the word appeared.
The overwhelming response was that Southeast Florida in the future would be more connected. “connected” can mean many Things. It became seven50’s goal to define the number of ways the region can be more connected.
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Wireless keypads were given to participants at the beginning of many public meetings. Participants were asked a series of questions throughout the presentations and were prompted to answer the questions by selecting one of the keys on their keypad. Results were presented immediately as part of the presentations. The real-time results allowed the Seven50 team and participants to immediately gauge the audience and its many view- points about the future of the region.
The discussion continued online with virtual forums, which included on-line polls that allowed a broader range of the community to participate than those who were able to attend the live events.
Interactive Asset Mapping
The Community Asset Map is a clearinghouse that provides a way to map and connect the region’s civic and nonprofit leader- ship organizations and networks (often called non-governmental organizations or NGOs) within a geographic or topic area. As new resources become available, the platform can be expanded to add additional fields for the region’s public agencies and its institutes and facilities.
The assets map covers a wide variety of topics including agriculture, climate resilience, community assets and culture, economic development, education and workforce development, environment/natural resources, healthy communities, housing, social opportunity, transportation, and other faith-based, young professional organizations, or civic clubs.
ONLINE SCENARIO MODELER
The Seven50 Online Scenario Modeler allows the public to explore different scenarios for growth and development in the seven counties of Southeast Florida for the next fifty years and beyond. The public was encouraged to explore the various options, communicate their priorities for the future, and determine what broad policy decisions should be encouraged to lead to their preferred scenario for the future.
Delegates at the initial summits were invited to create short videos about their vision for the future. Delegates were asked, “What is your vision of the long-term future of Southeast Florida. Why is it important to you?”
Opening Summit delegate videos can be viewed at: http://Seven50.org/opening-summit-delegate-videos/
The tool is quite an accomplishment for the region. The Data Warehouse offers the first unified parcel-level land-use database for all seven counties and 120 cities.
Go to http://Seven50.sparcdata.com to start exploring the region.
Facebook and Twitter were used throughout the process to keep the conversation going both during and between public events.