My plans engaging the NFP with the design charrette is actually pretty simple. I feel that this step will come once I have established a more comfortable relationship with the NFP. Nothing messes up creative thinking worse than feeling uncomfortable and unwanted. Whatever time the design charrette is scheduled, I will bring drinks and snacks to keep from people straying to leave for vending machines. Bathroom breaks are necessary, but having individuals taking trips outside for snacks may prevent wandering of other participants. Markers, paper, post its, will be provided to begin the charrette. I think it is important before the charrette is conducted that everyone participating knows one another, names, and simple background introductions to see what each individual specializes in. This is important in maintaining a relationship that can continue even after the design charrette. Explaining how a charrette works, but not giving specific details is my steps in not “constructing” how each individual participates. I feel that detailed explaining of how a charrette works will keep people fixed on what was said and meeting those needs rather than exploring different categories and ideas. To conduct the charrette, and to learn what I need for research and design, I will have a simple outline of the topics that need to be addressed within the charrette, such as the age group of children, existing exercises that the organization takes to approach the abused child, and actions of the children. I think it is important for all the people involved in the charrette to feel free to speak, write, sketch, etc. I think that conversation is key in conducting a good charrette. Perhaps making sure that the environment is comfortable will help them keep worries of work out of the charrette room. Asking questions, challenging their answers will also help to get the most of the charrette. I do not want to strictly shape the charrette for I find that different groups of people need different environments, materials, and questions to work.
Currently, an on-going life size map, a personal charrette, is being conducted by me to organize and continuously add my thoughts, research, and outside input. I find that this is a good way for me to visually and tangibly see what the next step is, who I need to contact, what information is needed. This process is very important for me because it helps to keep me organized and plans my next steps. Each day I pass the map, I see something that could be added, or another party that could be beneficial, and connections that can be made. My personal charrette map has much of my research and contacts, people I have spoken to, my design aspects and ideas. It has become easier for me to connect and work faster, and add and build impulsively.