A new Internet-based game hopes to expand the allure of civic engagement by making planning playful. Trial runs in Detroit and Salem, Massachusetts have already shown promise in attracting new voices to the planning process.
Mar 29, 2013 Fast Company Co.Exist
Looking for new ways to explain best placemaking practices? Today's guest Shaker, Amanda Thompson, has a novel take: dance. Complete with video!
Feb 17, 2013 PlaceShakers
Luis Alberto Moreno explores how Facebook and Twitter are improving cities in the developing world, as the governments of many Latin American municipalities take advantage of the explosive growth of social media to engage with citizens.
Nov 14, 2012 The Atlantic Cities
What does it mean to truly involve the public in planning processes? Neeraj Mehta finds "too much placation, manipulation and tokenism in our engagement efforts," and identifies principles for collective problem-solving and shared decision-making.
Nov 1, 2012 Next American City
If you want to know something about Davis, CA, don’t go to the website of the local paper or the city, go to DavisWiki, a repository of all things Davis, written by the public. Thanks to a recent grant, could something similar be coming to your town?
Oct 26, 2012 Fast Company Co.Exist
"Since the beginning of 2011, 180 bills restricting voting and voter registration have been introduced in 41 states. Over 70% of the electoral votes needed to win the 2012 Presidential election will come from states with new restrictive voting laws."
Oct 25, 2012 Shelterforce Magazine
Zoning reform is a political campaign. Coder Susan Henderson talks about audience dynamics, with a special focus on how to communicate with property owners and the developer community.
Oct 2, 2012 PlaceShakers
A young artist in New Orleans launches a social experiment on the built environment, turning the walls of the city's buildings into a public forum.
Jun 24, 2012 Next American City
The Project for Public Spaces has compiled a "how-to" list for re-claiming your community's public spaces.
Jun 19, 2012 Project For Public Spaces
Roger Valdez gives his take on the new obstructionism that is dominating public participation and holding up much-needed growth in Seattle and elsewhere.
May 24, 2012 Crosscut