I’m excited to announce that I’ve been given the opportunity by my good friend Darren Sharp (Social Surplus) to develop and apply the vision mapping method as part of the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne 2026 process.
Over the last couple of years Darren ran various map jams for the city of Yarra and Melbourne and I initiated the Maribyrnong Maker Map. During that time I began to conceptualise the possibility of linking geo-spatial mapping with visioning methodology – which I blogged on earlier.

Darren, working with the City of Melbourne to find experientially rich ways to engage stakeholders in re-visioning the future economy of the city around sharing, p2p and the urban commons, proposed the application of the concept for their process with the addition of rapid prototyping.
Over the past few weeks, we have been deep in the design process, bringing together geo-spatial mapping tech with appreciative inquiry and asset mapping, which has been fun and creative.
It has been exciting to go from just a novel concept to the actual design of an application, needless to say I appreciate the opportunity and Darren’s role in making it happen.
We have two engagements lined up:
tuesday 8th march … which is the start of the process and
tuesday 15th march which is the last day of the process
I’ll keep people posted over the next few weeks to provide as frank a description and evaluation of the experience as possible.

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José Ramos is a researcher, writer and advocate for commons-based social change. He focuses on such areas as future political economy, planetary stewardship, innovations in democracy and governance, the conjunction of foresight and action research, and transformative social innovation.

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