How real is dimensional jumping


Planning for Real (according to the motto: "Let's take our place into our own hands") is a community-oriented and mobilizing planning process. Attempts are made to reduce communication difficulties among different people affected, to discover existing potentials, resources and deficits and to create an atmosphere for joint action between neighbors, experts and local interest groups. The method uses, for example, the joint construction of a 3-dimensional model, anonymous contributions via questionnaires and non-verbal communication. The initiative for the process comes from local actors, whereby external, professional support has proven itself in practice.



  • to encourage citizens to get involved in the design of their living and working environment, reducing obstacles to communication and activating existing local resources
  • to work out points of conflict and to determine priority steps for action
  • to initiate implementation in working groups


The process is divided into several steps with different communication and participation options:
1. Initiative: A group of at least 3 people becomes active, publicly expresses their wish to change a location and invites them to participate.
2nd model: Together, a 3-dimensional model of the place / object to be designed is built as a work tool.
3. Presentation: The model is presented to the public; Comments, additional information, etc. are collected.
4. Who can do what ?: Neighborhood help sheets ask people to consider what knowledge, skills and interests they can contribute to the project and to formulate their own needs for redesign.
5th event: Colored suggestion cards that represent certain topics (sport, trade, green space ...) are placed on the model by those involved where they think change is necessary. The method enables all participants to submit their suggestions anonymously and prevents personal conflicts. The result is an overall picture that is deepened and exchanged in discussions. External experts are involved on certain topics.
6. Establishment of working groups: Approaches to action are derived from the results of the event and working groups are formed for this purpose. The participants assign themselves to the individual groups according to spatial or thematic interests.
7. Priority and time planning: The approaches to action are ranked together according to priorities and arranged in a time schedule. Manageable actions can be worked out in this way.
8. Implementation in an action plan: The approaches to action are transferred to an action plan, which contains a list of the action steps: What has to be done where? When and how can it be implemented? Who is contributing to it?


Citizens, decision-makers from politics and administration, interest groups

Please note:


  • The transition from mobilization to active implementation must be supported with additional instruments.
  • The method supports the initiative of local actors; professional support from a team is recommended. Competencies in group work, moderation and conflict resolution strategies are mostly in demand.