A participatory process is a sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes are: a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen), participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available), a strategic planning process, the collaborative drafting of a regulation or norm, the design of an urban space or the production of a public policy plan.
This process was started as a practice for the OH lab partners in the Barcelona training workshop in 2018, so that they would be able to implement their own digital platforms later on. This is OH Rome's current website.
Rome Collaboratory chose heritage sights bike touring which seeks to motivate and increase the number of stakeholders to get involved in the process of assemblies, initiatives and consultations around Open Heritage project.
The timeline plan for Participatory Process of Rome Collaboratory includes components which can be applied internally (by team members) and / or externally by all potential stakeholders involved in this OH process. The plan is as follows: ASSEMBLIES which include internal debates, internal and public meetings; INITIATIVES which include internal proposals and public surveys; CONSULTATIONS as the final step of decision making, which include internal voting and internal responsibility (accountability). These steps seek to generate, prioritize and execute the most effective ideas for Rome Collaboratory OH project.
As part of the OH project, the members of community cooperative have chosen ´bike tours´ for their primary activity. For this they have chosen three heritage sites: Centrocelle, Torre Spaccata, and Alles Andrino. The objective is to attract more stakeholders and bring awareness of Culture Heritage. Through this economic activity, the community is becoming more independent and consequently local government is to follow in its support. The process explained above is meant to achieve this very objective objective: involve the community and gain local government support.