Public Participation

Here are 50 tools for online engagement. These digital platforms can help local government consult, collaborate with, and empower citizens in planning decisions.
Sep 4, 2014   CommunityMatters
This post from <em>The City Fix</em> looks at various efforts to increase communication between transit riders and transit providers in Chicago.
Nov 18, 2010   The City Fix
An experiment in community participation conducted by a multinational group of architects, planners and artists in south Delhi tests the efficacy of guerrilla neighborhood planning methods in the developing world.
Nov 17, 2010   The Wall Street Journal
Over the last six months some of my blog entries have highlighted plans and places. This month I turn to processes that are important in planning. Opinion
Oct 31, 2010   By Ann Forsyth
Looking to spur civic engagement, officials in Boulder, Colorado are experimenting with unusual incentives for attendees of city-sponsored meetings.
Oct 25, 2010   Daily Camera
A new museum exhibit in Vermont invites visitors to review various proposals for updating the riverfront in Brattleboro -- and allows them to submit their own ideas.
Sep 22, 2010   Change Observer
The city of Lincoln, Nebraska, is asking locals to submit and vote on ideas to integrate into its new master plan, hoping to get citizens more involved in the process and test out unconventional ideas.
Aug 18, 2010   Lincoln Journal Star
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at a variety of urban planning-focused events being hosted by cultural institutions, and how those events help to include the regular citizen in the process of planning.
Aug 16, 2010   Next American City
Planner Sam Gennawey details a public participation exercise he regularly uses, taken from the ideas of Christopher Alexander, that makes complex ideas simple for public understanding. Exclusive
Aug 16, 2010  By Sam Gennawey
Beth Novick, author of <em>Wiki Government</em>, says that today's technology invites us to "rethink not only our democratic institutions, but our democratic theory."
Aug 15, 2010   WorldChanging
The City of Los Angeles Department of Planning and Department of Transportation held a first-ever public online participation webinar Thursday, July 20, 2010. The city used the opportunity to experiment with web conferencing technology, and will survey participants after the event to evaluate the success of the experiment. A webinar is a web conference, where participants can access a virtual meeting using a computer, and Internet connection. Opinion
Jul 20, 2010   By Chris Steins