On August 31, 2014, the Urban Voice Team conducted a full day task force meeting, which included a field visit to poor communities (community 104 and 105) with 27 participants.
The purpose of this task force meeting is to engage youths (especially university students) by getting them involved with the Urban Voice Project, submit reports, and learn about the real living situations of poor in communities. This gives them a clear picture of what Urban Voice is all about and teaches them how to submit reports on urban issues and urban development to the Urban Voice website. This way they have a better understanding of their responsibilities to (or ownership of) the city and its development.
The field visit was led by the Urban Voice team and a community leader. It took about two hours to talk, walk around, and ask questions in the two communities (9:30 am to 11:30 am)
After the field visit, the Urban Voice team and the participants returned to the Urban Voice office and had a group discussion on what they saw and learned in the poor communities such as: issues, challenges, and how to brainstorm solutions to address those issues. After each group had made a short presentation on their discussion, the Urban Voice Team showed them how to submit their reports to the Urban Voice website.
We, Urban Voice, would like to sincerely thank all the participants who sacrificed their valuable weekend time to participate in this urban development activity and we hope all of you will continue to send reports to us.