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.
Observatory Cases are ongoing, advanced experiments of adaptive re-use of heritage sites. They are practices that present prototypes of innovation in the realm of community/stakeholder involvement, resource integration, financial management or having an area-based, territorial approach. Many of them have a deep social mission, aiming to increase the social integration of vulnerable people, and the re-use is regarded as part of creating a more sustainable, eco-friendly way of development. OCs are important knowledge resources and they present a crucial link between analysis and practice.
Before the consortium meeting in Barcelona, OH partners were asked in November 2018 to send in ‘hypotheses’ to prepare and explore the ideas around Open Heritage. These ‘hypotheses’ recorded as proposals within this process were used to support ongoing academic research as well as clarify what underlying assumptions and knowledge partners bring to heritage work. However, much of this took place before the Open Heritage Decidim platform was up and running. So hypotheses were sent through email and voted on through a physical in person process using ‘dotmocracy’ where participants (partners) voiced their votes through putting dots on the hypotheses or proposals that resonated best with how they thought about the Open Heritage project. Digitizing this process on Decidim, we want to record our history and experience as accurately as possible for greater transparency as well as to share knowledge about our beginnings in creating collective decision making processes.
This glossary of terms helped establish some common ground for the language used in the proposals or hypotheses.
Re-use: Activities on the site, ranging from temporary use to investment and regeneration.
Community: People who are involved in the site ranging from daily users to followers.
Organization: The formal or informal body that has led the regeneration process.
Open event: An event on the heritage site that is not restricted to members of the organization but can be accessed by anyone (for free or with a ticket).