Defining our intent

Suggested time

Full day/half day.

What SKIP will bring

Facilitation, agenda, invitation template, local contacts. Funding for any costs.

What you’ll need to bring

Coordination of people, venue and food.

Useful tools and links

Why is it important

Setting a goal, or intent, helps to guide the design process. It’s easy to go straight into solutions and activities - starting with a clear intent helps everyone to focus on an aspiration for a community. Sometimes the intent is wide - it reaches across a community, and sometimes it helps to narrow the focus - for example it might be about a group of parents or a smaller geographical area.

The process of defining intent helps people to set aside judgement and begin to see their community of parents with fresh eyes. Everyone has a view of parenting, parents and their community. We all have a view of what’s good, what’s bad and what can be done about it.

The SKIP design process asks you to let go of all of this so you can begin to listen to parents and see them with fresh eyes. Being curious about their lives will help you to ask different questions and hear different answers.

How we go about it

The SKIP team has developed a workshop that can be part of the first community session, or held at a separate time. The workshop is almost a mini design process, where people actively interview each other and develop insights about what they see happening. These interviews are turned into insights and the groups then works together to identify a common goal.

Like all SKIP workshops there’s lots of interaction, thinking, talking, listening and creativity.

At the end of this session, we’ll ask the group to decide who could be on a smaller innovation on group that will help guide the next steps of the whanau design process. The larger group will get together again at key points, with the smaller group being the key contacts and organisers.

Useful tools and links

For example...

The Sikh community in Auckland were worried about the difficulties young parents were facing. They thought they knew what the problem was. The SKIP team facilitated a workshop with a group from the community where a list of challenges was identified. These were then turned into a strength-based statement that reflected their communities potential - “We are proud parents who value our children’s uniqueness”

Bean person illustration

Selwyn is a large area just south of Christchurch. People who attended the first community meeting were asked to interview each other and write “six word stories” on post-it notes which summarised the interviews. These were then put on a big wall and keywords pulled out and turned into a first intent statement. The group decided to focus on Rolleston, because of the high number of young families moving into the area.