Miracle Of Ideas 2024 – Model City Council

The third event at the Miracle Of Ideas 2024 will be Model City Council with the theme of reimagining Ahmedabad 2050

We hope to engage students in a collaborative pursuit to explore and build a vision for sustainable development of the city. Students will be asked to pick from several different themes (inspired by Sustainable Development Goals and social issues within the city) and use interdisciplinary approaches as they engage in the aforementioned tasks. The model city council will serve as a platform for students to engage in critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, and action on issues of social justice.

 

In a 2-day long series of discussions we plan to engage 100+ students in

a) imagining key issues that the city will face in the coming 15-25 years and researching potential solutions;
b) creating a series of proposals that can be presented to the city;
c) examining videos, case studies and other resources that provide a realistic view of the constraints faced by the AMC in order to reassess their proposals;
d) developing an action plan for a year-long volunteering drive (that they themselves and others in their network can engage in).

The model city council will serve as a platform for students to engage in critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, and action on issues of social justice.

Students will be able to choose from and work on the following topics in MCC:

  1. Countering 55°C
  2. Preventing zero ground water,
  3. Promoting biodiversity (avoiding zero birds)
  4. Inclusive city (gender, disability, class)
  5. Wellbeing in the city (physical and mental both)
  6. Green and blue Spaces
  7. Affordable and sustainable housing
  8. Sustainable transportation

Schedule-

Day Time Activity Description
Day 1 8:00 – 8:30 Registration Participants arrive, register, and network.
Day 1 8:30 – 14:00 Conference A series of panel talks and discussions
Day 1 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
Day 1 14:00 – 14:30 Critical perspectives and approaches talk by Dr Jwalin Patel Introduction to nuances of development (development for whom, at what costs, and sustainability) and exploring indigenous ideas of good life and innovative approaches around the world (humane digital technologies focused work in certain industries vs holistic shifts, narrative of future danger vs immediate benefits through jobs generation…)
Day 1 14:30 – 14:45 Short operational break Students will be segregated in different groups depending on the SDG areas that they preselected.
Day 1 14:45 – 16:00 Understanding critical issues Students will evaluate the root causes of the critical issues that they are tackling using mindmaps and 5 whys.
Day 1 16:00-16:15 Break
Day 1 16:15 – 18:00 Brainstorming and researching potential solutions Groups will ideate on potential solutions evaluating factors such as feasibility, impact, and alignment with SDGs. They will then select the most promising idea to develop further.
Day 2 09:00 – 10:30 Preparing a resolution for the city Sub-groups will develop resolutions for their selected idea, considering aspects such as implementation steps, key stakeholders, potential challenges, required resources, and expected impact… Preparing a roadmap to implementing the ideas.
Day 2 10:30  –

11:30

Case Study Students will receive case studies and other reading materials to gain a realistic understanding and confront challenges the city council faces.
Day 2 11:30 – 12:30 Adapting the resolution for the city Drawing off the case studies, students will now critique the solutions they prepared before the case studies and will reflect upon the critical facets the group failed to consider initially, which are of utmost importance. They will now rework their solutions, factoring in the other areas that pose a challenge and prepare a newer, well-adapted resolution for the city.
Day 2 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Day 2 13:30 – 15:30 Modelling their ideal city Preparing a model of their future imagined city – ideally an art-based piece that can make viewers reflect and re-envision the city
Day 2 15:30 – 16:00 Building a yearlong volunteering drive Planning out a sustainability drive that can tackle the issue of their choosing which they commit to implementing themselves (and also bring other friends and peers in to help implement)
Day 2 16:00 – 17:30 Closing ceremony- presentation of key outputs Each group will be invited to make a 10-minute presentation showcasing the issue, mindmaps, resolutions, models for the city, and the volunteering drive.
Day 2 17:30 – 17:45 Closing ceremony- Prize distribution Distribution of the team-based awards.
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17:45 – 18:00 Closing ceremony- Closing Address Announcing future plans and ideas, application of the best models, and inviting students to participate in yearlong execution of the sustainability drives.