Communication problem in bushfire preparation, complicated by fragmented networks among a ‘community of place’.
A variety of methods were used to understand the ‘community of place’. These included Social Network Analysis visualisation, interviews, observations and field/household visits. Workshops used design scaffolds like Playful Triggers to facilitate co-creation and communication of local knowledge of the geographical environment, leading to strengthening connections between residents. ‘What if’ scenarios were also used to prompt thinking and planning for unexpected events (eg. car breaks down). Trial postcards were also distributed as a way to facilitate conversations between neighbours on fire preparedness.
Community members in the Southern Otways, Victoria, Southern Otways Landcare Network and Otway Community Health Services and Community Fire Guard Facilitator
Yoko Akama, Tania Ivanka, with assistance from Michelle Gilmore.
Aurel Dessewffy, Simon Pockley, Susan Pockley, Anna O’Brien, Katherine Cust, John Fien, Gerald Elsworth, Kaye Stevens, Denise Hooke, Alan Huggins and Tony Coyle.
the School of Media and Communication, Design Research Institute at RMIT University and the Bushfire CRC.