In May 2020 POMO set about establishing a community action group in Nambour. The group is comprised of community members from a wide range of backgrounds who are generating bottom-up solutions to the challenges that the town faces.
POMO’s Design Director Stephen Burton is leading and facilitating this program which runs across a number of months. At the end, a document will be created that outlines key problems and a range of solutions. Importantly, this document has been created by community members who come into contact with these challenges on a daily basis and are therefore uniquely placed to understand the issues and offer solutions.
Community lead urban problem solving is a rapidly emerging field which draws attention to the role that everyday people can play in making better towns and cities.
This is a participatory process involving a design thinking framework that is being trailed by POMO with a view to rolling the process out to other communities facing similar challenges to Nambour.
The program is completely pro bono and is part of POMO’s community benefit commitment.