Workshop: Tech for Participatory City Planning

Dear friend / planner / city staffer / community organizer / software engineer / entrepreneur / planning geek:

The Open Planning Project and the Regional Plan Association would like to invite you to an upcoming workshop to brainstorm new technology for participatory city planning.

When: Friday, November 13th, 12:30 – 5:30pm  (followed by a happy hour on our roof).

Where: The Open Planning Project, 148 Lafayette St, NY, NY

What: An afternoon of discussion, brainstorming, and collaborative product designing.

RSVP: http://planningtechworkshop.eventbrite.com/ (please RSVP by 11/6, attendance is limited)

Why:

Everyday social computing, mobile technology, and the adoption of web 2.0 approaches by governments have laid the groundwork for far wider citizen involvement in civic life.  Citizens can now be involved earlier on, more frequently, and in more meaningful ways than was ever possible before.  How can these opportunities be leveraged for use in the city planning space? What are the technologies that will make this possible?  What are the bureaucratic, logistical, or social issues that need to be addressed in considering these ideas?  What tools could we build — today — that would be the most impactful?

The Open Planning Project is interested in developing free, open source tools to support citizen engagement in planning.  To that end, we are reaching out to the planning, government, nonprofit, citizen and tech communities to help us explore opportunities and share ideas.  This event should be the first of many, and will be a hands-on workshop aiming to bring together many diverse perspectives.

How:

The workshop will follow the unconference, or BarCamp, format, where sessions and talks are proposed and led by the participants of the workshop.  Please visit the workshop wiki at http://etherpad.com/GfjsHfnoGi to see the agenda, an overview of the format, and a list of proposed talks & sessions.  Please feel free to add your ideas directly to the wiki — we’ll also be reaching out to attendees in advance to prepare some talks & sessions.

Pass it along:

Please pass on this invitation to anyone who might be interested.  Attendance will be capped at 60 people, on a first-come, first-served basis, and we’re hoping for a mix of sectors and perspectives.  Please RSVP by 11/6 at http://planningtechworkshop.eventbrite.com/ We realize this is somewhat short notice, so we hope you are able to make it.

Thanks, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on the 13th!

Photo by Ivan Walsh on Flickr