Community Engagement

May 12, 2017, 9am PDT
The city of San Jose and designers from the University of California, Davis have completed a community-led design process to raise awareness about the connections between the kitchen, sewers, and the environment.
The Confluence
May 11, 2017, 10am PDT
The makers of Pokémon Go, touted for its potential to activate sedentary Americans since its release last year, will take more initiative to participate in community-based events.
Fast Company Co.Design
April 18, 2017, 5am PDT
A story about how a simple proposal, made by a resident, produced results in the New Jersey borough of Paramus.
NorthJersey.com
April 11, 2017, 2pm PDT
A decade into its history, the hyperlocal social media site Nextdoor is looking for feedback and hoping to expand its reach before the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Politico
April 4, 2017, 10am PDT
While Atlanta gets ready for new transit service, its suburbs may not be so lucky.
Curbed Atlanta
February 11, 2017, 5am PST
Four small cities across the country are seeing positive results with non-traditional public engagement strategies like bouncy castles, beer coasters, and ball games.
Orton Family Foundation
Feature
January 18, 2017, 8am PST
The rise of white nationalist politics has many implications for the ideas of a just city.
Jason Reece
January 3, 2017, 7am PST
A recent city audit has empowered Portland's new mayor, Ted Wheeler, to criticize the Office of Neighborhood Involvement in Portland.
Livable Portland
Blog post
December 4, 2016, 1pm PST
What is the highest purpose of community engagement? Why do some planners go all out to hear from the public? This article dives into these questions based on nine interviews conducted at APA 2016.
Dave Biggs
September 18, 2016, 5am PDT
Want parking reform without tears?
CityLab
Blog post
September 8, 2016, 10am PDT
Trust between the public and government agencies is low, and democracies are paralyzed without it. How can community engagement help restore trust? This post outlines the challenge and a process for solving it.
Dave Biggs
August 25, 2016, 8am PDT
Community input is crucial to a plan that would wrap Portland in a ring of greenery and pathways.
Next City
August 4, 2016, 7am PDT
Do video games have anything to teach kids? Hazel Borys says yes, in moderation.
PlaceShakers
Blog post
July 19, 2016, 8am PDT
Dave Biggs interviews author James Hoggan about his new book, "I'm Right and You're An Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up."
Dave Biggs
Blog post
July 5, 2016, 10am PDT
Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes.
Dave Biggs
June 1, 2016, 6am PDT
NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, recently wrapped up its fourth season. To learn more about who makes up the design community, photographer Charles Aydlett asked attendees how they would like to see design evolve in the city.
Doggerel
May 24, 2016, 10am PDT
if a community planning effort is to be judged by the degree to which all voices are heard, then anything short of a big turnout is going to feel like failure. Ben Brown talks equitable engagement, and aligning promises with implementation.
PlaceShakers
Blog post
May 6, 2016, 6am PDT
With the constellation of civic technologies, like online community engagement platforms, growing quickly, it's important to recognize the positive and negative consequences of new practices in community engagement.
Dave Biggs
Blog post
April 20, 2016, 12pm PDT
In the middle of presidential primary season, the debate about the caucus vs. primary processes is hot with criticisms being leveled on both sides. What can planners learn about this debate to help improve community engagement for planning?
Dave Biggs
Blog post
April 14, 2016, 5am PDT

As I do every year at the APA National Conference, I did my best to catch as many community engagement sessions as possible. Here are highlights, takeaways, and the common threads I noticed this year.

Dave Biggs