7: Collaborative Mapping

Post 7: Issue Mapping
By Angela Tam 

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Collaborative mapping is a helpful tool to begin examining the issue and discovering ways to create change. Together we started to map out the stakeholders of the issue beginning with a simpler map then extracting each stakeholder –pink being human stakeholders and black as non-human – and creating connections in where they overlap. Seeing the variety of stakeholders that may get affected by this issue demonstrates the complexity of the issue and the importance to work together in creating change. 

Another exercise for visualisation of stakeholders began with individually writing out 20 words that we thought highlighted the issue of housing affordability. Following this, we collated all these words and was wrote them out on individual sheets which later would be rearranged in multiple ways. As a table group, we came up with these: 

IMG_4456.JPGOur ‘related words’ included stakeholders from the map, to larger concepts such as ‘community’, ‘the Australian dream’, and ‘spacial inefficiency’. Working together in this way was beneficial when thinking about this issue because there were some words that I agreed were related to this issue that I would not have thought of immediately. It was also interesting to share our key words as it reflected our research areas within the issue, bringing a diverse set of words to the table.  

We then brought the words together with the other housing affordability group, creating an even larger pool of words. Surprisingly there weren’t too many overlaps. 

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After we reviewed our collection, we wrote the opposites of each word on the cards then arranged them in alphabetical order. This was another point in which I was glad we were working as a team, as it would have been a difficult task to do alone. It further highlights the range of different avenues in which further research could be conducted to base ideas for change upon. 

With this large set of key words, we then selected one word each that we thought summarised or reflected this issue. 

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Seeing each of these come together to form the ‘Issue Summary’ was interesting. It seems like we all agree that sustainability is an important factor in solutions, especially in housing models for our futures that express spatial efficiency and good urban planning. 

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We then chose another word from our collection that we found was surprising or compelling from our research. There was a strong relation to the impact this issue has to the human stakeholders: from essential workers, foreign buyers, and multiple generations which then affects population growth and possibilities of overcrowding. 

I think that this way of collaboratively coming together demonstrated how much research each of us have done and the wide range of stakeholders housing affordability affects. It helped to visualise more of the emotional side to this issue which, from research collected so far, has shown a lot more figures and numbers.

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Reflecting over all the mapping we’ve completed so far, I think moving forward it is important to incorporate the emotive data into this issue rather than looking at just statistics and facts/figures. Possibilities for action to create change could entail gathering and categorizing this ’emotive data’ and bringing this issue to the front of young Australian’s minds at a relatable level. To create change in an issue that doesn’t seem to be of high priority to people our age is going to be difficult if they don’t realise it is an issue worth talking about.

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