MIT Professor Lorlene Hoyt and CoLab Visiting Scholar Sebastiao Ferreira are leading a week-long interactive course in Methods for Action Research. Through this co-creative experience, urban planning students and the Mel King Community Fellows are exploring the concept of the “sweet spot” (defined as: the intersection of democratic engagement, urban sustainability, and shared wealth generation).
Course participants are working in small groups to practice Semi-Structured Interviewing, Collaborative Inquiry, Active Listening, Reflection, and Framing/Re-framing.
Each group will reconstruct a Fellow’s experience in the field by identifying main actors, describing the evolution of strategies, and articulating achievements and challenges. From here, groups will extract lessons, identify new research questions, and re-frame a vision for the future.