The National Landscape of Eemland is situated just in the centre of The Netherlands. South of Amsterdam and North of Amersfoort. The Dutch equivalent of the National Trust, Natuurmonumenten, took the initiative to organise a G1000 on the future of this agricultural region full of ditches, a river, meadows and birdlife. Locals, users of the area, business, farmers and nature organisations were invited and took part after a sortition procedure. 360 Of them showed up to deliberate on the question "What do we see as a future for the Eempolder?". It is the third landscape conference based on G1000 principles organised by Natuurmonumenten.
In the morning participants met in a world café setting with tables of four people. In three rounds they change tables every round to 'meet people they do not know' the conversation is about three questions:
- Why is the Eempolder important?
- What has to be done?
- What can I/we contribute?
After each round participants are asked to fill in a word in their smartphone. A word they connect to the coversation they just had. The result is a wordcloud. In Dutch of course...The words mentioned most ar the big ones. In this case Open space, Uniqueness and meadow birds are metioned most.
The question for the next round is: "What should be done?" resulting in, amongst many other words, protection, preservation and biodiversity. In the third Wordcloud on the question: "What can I/we contribute?" words like cooperation, education, regional products and thinking along are mentioned. This results in one giant wordcloud on which the agenda for the afternoon is based. In communication with the participants an agenda is derived from this wordcloud:
- Open space
- Wild card (for those who have their own subject)
- Commitment, volunteers, thinking along
Each of the eight sections in the room has one topic and six tables. On each table eight people can work on a proposal, supported by a table secretary, who's only role is to note in a prezi, what is mentioned in the group. These notes form the basis of the group's presentation. When all presentations are finished the room is cleared except for the screens. Voting through RFID technique can start. A participant can vote in favour of a proposal by swiping his badge along a reader just under the screen. But before that participants have still two rounds to go. Between the introcuction and the finishing of the proposal they can have a look at the ideas of the neighbours. This intermission of the work gives a lot of food for talks and conversations about the subject of the day.
When the proposals are ready the room is cleared from tables and chairs. This is done by the participants themselves as an energizer between working and voting. A G1000 method is "high tech - high touch" and needs a crew, equipment, specially designed softwere and technical support.
After the energizer it is time for a group picture.
The room is cleared and participants concentrate on the proposals before voting.
After 20 minutes voting is closed an the final ranking is visible on the screen. The proposal for the Eemland cooperation is on top with 57 votes. The first three proposals are shortly presented and a discussion on the role of farmers in the area in combination with bio diversity starts. Main conclusion is "We have to work on it together!" like proposal number 1 is suggesting.
While leaving participants can indicate if they want to be part of a follow up. Again by swiping their badge. In the end 222 participants say they will take part in the follow up January 25th 2018.
All proposals can be found tomorrow on Eemland300.