Summary written by Annika Hjelmskog, Research Associate for Glasgow's City Portrait
The Glasgow City Portrait team brought the Doughnut to the new Advanced Research Centre (The ARC), which opened its doors to the public in September for its ‘ARCadia’ launch festival. We welcomed visitors from all over the city and introduced them to the principles of Doughnut Economics: meeting the needs of all people within the means of the living planet.
At this event we were excited to speak to Glasgow residents, to find out directly from our communities what is most important to them for the future prosperity of their city. The hopes and visions we heard, and the voting on where action should be prioritised, are all contributing to our ‘Community Portrait of Glasgow’.
Our team were involved as part of the ‘Bank Holiday Brunch’ which showcased several University projects with a wellbeing theme. There were multiple Doughnut-themed activities for our visitors to engage with, and each activity was built around the question: ‘What does a thriving Glasgow mean to you?’ We asked our visitors what it would mean, and what it would look like, for Glasgow to thrive – for their families, their neighbourhoods, and the parts of the city that they know well.
We met people of all ages, with some amazing ideas!
The doughnut shaped crafting table had space for doodling, chatting, and building with Lego. Some of the Lego creations got us really inspired about the spaces we could create to benefit communities and nature together.
These ideas included:
We even turned the Doughnut into a real-life canvas portrait! We asked how Glasgow currently scores on the dimensions of the Doughnut that we experience locally, and people voted with green paint to show where they felt Glasgow is already achieving a ‘thriving’ status, and with red paint to show which dimensions are currently falling short. The Doughnut Portrait we created gave us a really interesting piece of both research material and collaborative art.
What we learnt from this process was which dimensions our visitors perceived as Glasgow’s existing strengths:
And what our participants thought are some of Glasgow’s biggest challenges:
Visitors also had the chance to take a Polaroid Selfie with the doughnut as a souvenir, and our team couldn’t resist the opportunity for a quick snapshot either…
We had so much fun sharing the Doughnut ideas with people from our local communities, and we can’t wait to turn some of these brilliant suggestions into action as we continue to build the Glasgow City Portrait and take forward the GALLANT programme. It was so valuable for us to get more input from Glasgow residents, to start engaging the wider community with these ideas, and share the deliciousness of the Doughnut in a fun, accessible and playful way.
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