The CMiiST project is all about using creative methodologies as part of the transport planning process but, to tell the truth, I hadn’t really considered what classes as a creative methodology. Reflecting on this at the end of Day 1, I would say that creative methodologies are those which allow people to participate in processes who would not usually do so.
The ‘creative’ part of the phrase also reflects that these are methodologies which encourage people to be active creators – of stories, of experiences, of ideas. Today’s sessions all focussed on sharing of our experiences of different creative methods; when we’ve used them, what the challenges can be, and what impacts they can have. I’ve enjoyed learning about everyone’s experiences and the different methodologies we have all been using in our work, from sonification (making sound from data) to photo journalism and participative mapping. I already have some ideas for new methodologies to take back to our projects at Viaqqio. Today we started to hear about the biggest transport challenges in Nairobi; congestion and air quality sit at the top of the list. Day 2 will allow us to explore the transport issues in more detail and identify where creative methods could be a useful addition.