Not your usual OpenPlans toolkit

You already know about our online tools for urban planning and citizen engagement. Today we present an offline tool to help you follow your neighborhood planning aspirations. It's still in beta, so tell us what you think.

What are the cards?

There are many ways to create change on your street. Our action cards can help you get there.

Do you have an idea for improving your block, with a new garden or bike lane? Is there a problem on your street, with cars speeding or not enough benches?

We know that community planning projects can be long and complex – and it’s sometimes hard to take the first step, or learn about the different options you have. We invite you to learn about some of the existing methods, and find your own way to connect the dots.

The action cards represent lots of small steps you can take. For example, “create a map”, “talk to my Community Board”, “organize a block party”, and many more.

Download the cards here.

Why did we do this?

OpenPlans is always interested in supporting aspirational citizen engagement in planning. We recently spoke with community organizations and local activists in New York City, to learn about their experience with local change campaigns. In order to understand and analyze the unique process they each followed, we created this set of action cards. As we spoke to more and more people, we added more cards, based on what we learned.

We used the cards throughout the interview process, to help people reflect on their project, think about what worked and consider next steps

Read more about some of the stories and our toolbox.

How to use the cards

Through our conversations, we learned that knowing how things work is important:

  • Are you thinking about starting a new campaign on your street?
  • Are you in the middle of an existing project, and trying to figure out the next step?
  • Are you organizing a brainstorming session, or another group activity?

Here's the process:

  1. Print out the cards, cut them out.
  2. Lay them out
  3. Find your own way to connect the dots
  4. Learn about the options.

Start creating change on your street… and let us know how it’s going. We value your feedback and criticism, help us make this tool better.