Researchers on Table
Today we are engaged in a group discussion amongst the team members of DODO lab
Analyzing our individual processes and learning from our mistakes and what steps we could have taken to further make our project more interesting and helpful in collecting and archiving our research.
Our projects were about open ended research guided by Dodo Lab, we broke down our projects into four different groups: Pollution, Land Survey, Tourism and Music.
This project was more about asking questions rather than coming to a pre determined solution.
What we noticed is that people were comfortable giving out the information as long as it’s not being recorded or taped. It felt like we touched their weak-spots and they told us about their experiences very passionately as if they were waiting to tell a story or a city to initiate a research to come with a solution that could help revive the economy.
All our research has been archived into E-Books which is a publishing tool courtesy of Proboscis.
Group Survey: DoDo Lab(failure of tourism)
We began our survey on Tourism in which we interviewed small business owners and some of the restaurants in this once thriving part of the city. Starting from downtown, having small conversations with business owners and the general population in Windsor, our first visit was at a souvenir store on Ouellette Street.
The business owners have been quiet disappointed from their yearly revenues, which has been declining every year; their sales were primarily dependent on tourists from states. According to the people we interviewed here are some of the factors behind the decline of Tourism in Windsor
• World over Recession
• Terrorism act/Border Crossing
• Passport Requirement for the US citizen to enter Canada.
• The ever decreasing gap between US-Canadian Dollar.
Even though some of the stores are getting rent-free months from the property owners but they still have doubts if they could continue running their businesses.
We further interviewed some of the local restaurants in downtown and their response was similar that they have been able to run their businesses from their regular customers while barely meeting their daily expenses.