The second day of the conference was just as busy. The aim of the so called triangular task groups was to learn how to reach reasonable compromise between interest groups in an investment process. The participants were assigned to symbolic groups of investors, public officials and planners. The facilitators (this role was played by the speakers from Day 1) made triangular task groups composed of investors, public administration representatives and planners and then ran through the task prepared in advance. The task was about negotiating an investment offer that would be the best possible solution for all parties of the process.
To make the task a bit more difficult and interesting, the participants had to swap their roles during the negotiations. So public officials became investors, the investors took the role of planners, and planners turned into public decision-makers. All task groups were very serious about the assignment. Hypothetical investment plots after the analyses carried out by the task groups were given prospective investment options. All groups applied the methodology of mixing profits and social benefits that was presented to the participants on Day 1.
It turned out that mutual trust of the investment process parties allowed the cheapest and the best solution to everyone. The experts presented the outcomes of the session reached by their groups. The participants themselves were encouraged to contribute as well. Maciej Borsa summed up the session in the following way: “Money in a municipal budget is a must, but only taking the final zero off the budget paves the way for innovation.”
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