Pinpoint is part of the Community Now-project and describes a series of tools with the goal of getting a deeper insight in local issues – in this case about the Mehringplatz neighborhood in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Since October 2014, three workshops were conducted with diverse participants. In the first workshop, we had a cohort of fifteen inhabitants from different age groups and backgrounds. At first, the participants went outside with the Pinpoint mobile app (licensed under Creative Commons 4.0, for Android 4.1 and higher), which allowed them to photograph and describe positive, negative and alterable places or situations. After the exploration they talked about their experiences and discussed different connotations of and issues in the neighborhood.
Concluding the first phase, all experiences and issues were projected publicly in the shop window of our Living Lab. The projection invited all neighbors to add their opinion in an analog or digital way with the goal to identify one unique local topic – meaning that, along with the projection, we offered the possibility to add comments on existing opinions, to support certain issues or to disagree with points of view. All entries were analyzed and clustered, resulting in twelve topics the neighborhood is collectively interested in. Those were e.g. drug facility hotspots, missing higher education possibilities, a missing continuation of the projects and, again, the »never-ending« construction site.