1. Identify Key Stakeholders
The first action taken by MBCI was to identify some of the local key stakeholders and to speak personally to them about what they wanted to see happen. This gave us a sense of the situation and how we could move forward to help.
2. Create ownership on the way forward
After this a small workshop was arranged where the agenda was fairly loose, but the aim was to give the participants an opportunity to be heard before we focused on the future and the actions that were going to be required.
Each person was given time to tell their story which was the first time they had heard of each other’s experiences. Then they were divided into groups to brainstorm what they wanted the future to look like. After the groups presented their ideas, there was a definite thread that pulled the vision together.
3. What we discovered
For the majority, the key desire was to ensure the history of the town would not be lost and photographs and memorabilia be sourced from past residents and visitors. The group was looking to build a new cultural heart for the town.
So MBCI facilitated a series of planning sessions where a site was found, and teams established to refurbish one of the surviving buildings and collect cultural material to redevelop a museum, that would display the history of Marysville.