A&DS is partnering with East Renfrewshire and the British Council to promote the Future City Game in Barrhead on Wednesday 16 February. The FCG is an innovative and exciting technique that engages local people to generate ideas and long term solutions to address the challenges of their area. The event will be led by trained games-master Sarah Longlands who is director of policy at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).
The FCG was used in a previous A&DS facilitated exercise that led to the development of a charter for Neilston. Council project manager Daniel McKendry said: “We are keen to build on the Renaissance work carried out in Neilston and replicate it on a neighbourhood scale.”
The games-master will lead the players through three stages of envisioning, testing and presenting to develop ideas. At the end of the game, the ideas are presented to the local stakeholders. Everyone involved votes on the best ideas and thinks about how they can be taken forward. A particular feature of this game will be the active participation by a number of local schools throughout the day.
Economic development convener Councillor Tony Buchanan said: “This is the first time something of this sort has been held in Barrhead. It will be an exciting and informative event and will give the people of Barrhead an opportunity to have their say on how to improve their quality of life. We hope that this will help form the basis of an ongoing neighbourhood town team whose aim would be to create a local charter.”