Workshops

Our City Workshops give leaders and residents the tools, support, and motivation they need to transform their city together.

We developed our Workshop curriculum after speaking with dozens of leaders and hundreds of residents across the country about the challenges they face in creating meaningful civic engagement in their communities.

What emerged is a focused, powerful process centered around using public design as a tool for community problem-solving.

We offer two main types of Workshops: Leadership Workshops and Public Workshops.
We also offer fully-customized Workshops based on the needs of a specific community or project.

Leadership Workshops

Leadership Workshops

Build capacity. Build relationships. Build an action plan.

For: 5-25 Cross-sector leaders

  1. Our Leadership Workshops start with inspiration from specific public design projects and strategies from around the world.
  2. Next, the group dives into local needs to reach alignment on vision, goals, and responsibilities with key local partners.
  3. Drawing on Our City’s expertise, we walk through concrete approaches and tools ranging from community organizing to event production to fundraising to ensure the project is a success.
  4. The workshop culminates in a focused action plan for public design that is rooted in local strengths, priorities, and buy-in.
Sample Format + Content

Inspiration
Introduction to principles + practice
Inspiring case studies
Key strategies for success

Local Context + Challenges
Identification of local needs + focus areas
Finding local funding to create local value

Approaches + Tools
Policy, culture, design, community
Creative fundraising strategies
Selection of most relevant tools

Action Plan
Short-term and long-term planning
Determination of roles + responsibilities
Overview of production logistics
Budget and timeline overview

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Public Workshops

Build community. Build consensus. Build momentum.

For: 25-200+ Members of the public

  1. Our Public Workshops start with inspiration from specific public design projects and strategies from around the world.
  2. Next, the group works together to generate a list of shared values they are excited to pursue.
  3. Afterwards, we walk through an interactive idea generation exercise where everyone in the room takes on a project of their own creation that addresses an issue in their community.
  4. The workshop culminates in a focused action plan for each project that is rooted in shared community values and newly acquired tools.
Sample Format + Content

Inspiration
Introduction to principles + practice
Inspiring case studies

Shared Values
Interactive group-based brainstorming
Creation of common interests + focus areas
Shared platform to build around

Idea Generation
Seeing the city with a maker mindset
Sketching real, actionable project ideas for the community

Action Plan
Drafting budgets and timelines
Planning materials
Creating a partnership strategy

I loved the quick and engaging pace of the workshop, and the concept of quickly taking an idea to action.

Patrick Seeb, DMC-EDA, Rochester, MN

Jake and Ray were inspiring! They brought us together and helped us realize how we might work together for a better Atlanta!

Carl DiSalvo, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

Jake and Ray from Our City were outstanding. Best experience we had at our conference venue, by far!

Organizer, Hopscotch Design Festival, Raleigh, NC
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