Open Ground can help your organization
fit better into your area, or ask specific questions of the community and
environment you work in. Open
participative approaches, including Action Research and focus groups, to help
your organisation move towards sustainability.
Open Ground has contributed to various
projects in the arts sector exploring place and community: with IOTA in
Inverness, and the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh on the 1mile˛ project. Open Ground undertook a year and half
long action research project with Tramway, an international arts space in
Glasgow, called the Footprints
project. This won the ‘Intelligent Research’ award at GaGA 2009.
In 2008 Open Ground was contracted by WWF
Scotland to research and document their Natural Change Project.
This was developed as an innovative response to the growing evidence that
current environmental campaigns are not resulting in the depth of behaviour
change necessary. The project incorporated ideas from eco psychology,
personal development, outdoor experiences, mentoring and leadership
Sam Harrison from Open Ground was the participant researcher
and report author. ‘Natural Change: psychology and sustainability,’ The
report can be downloaded from the Natural Change
website. Sam also wrote a
six-month follow-up report discussing how Natural Change was incorporated
into the participants’ lives (2010).
Research and Consultancy Projects run
from a single day to part-time over several months. Projects are
charged on a daily rate.