"Facts Don't Speak for Themselves"

Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, AICP, explains why being able to tell a good story about plans and development is more valuable than any maps or pretty renderings.

Planners are trained to be rational, GIS-wielding data-gatherers, says Hollingsworth-Segedy - but that data by itself is not compelling to the general population:

"Our job is to help ensure that community decisions are rational, and the link between current conditions and future solutions is logically defensible. But the facts alone don't provide what planning staff and planning commissioners need to do their jobs effectively -- to compellingly communicate the issues to the public, and to draw citizens into meaningful involvement that translates into dynamic results."

In addition to the article, you can hear Hollingsworth-Segedy give three lessons she's learned about story telling in audio here.

Full Story: Inviting Them In: Using Story as a Planning Tool



Another take on story-telling

Is it possible that story-telling might become a low-budget planning technique? Here's the story of recent work in New Orleans that suggests it's possible. Thoughts?

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $25.
Grids and Guide Red book cover

Grids & Guides

A notebook for visual thinkers. Available in red and black.
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.