Planning for Camp

Have you signed up for PlanningCamp NYC yet? What are you waiting for? There are still spots left for the 9/21 event, which will be at Higgins Hall at Pratt Institute. And we’ll be in the Bay Area on October 12th.

For OpenPlans, the PlanningCamp series is an opportunity to hear from planners about what communications tools they would ideally be using, so we can incorporate their input into our Plan In A Box work.

But that’s just us–PlanningCamp sessions are open for anyone to propose and lead, and I hope you’ll come ready to get your sticky notes up on the wall. Sessions are just under an hour, and work best when they are highly participatory – discussions and brainstorming rather than one person presenting.

My ideal session line up would include some of the following:

  • Your Community Board & You: Identifying specific actions and changes to make what community boards do more apparent to the communities they serve.
  • The Next Four Years: How can the new mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough presidents, council speaker and council members better use public participation tools? Brainstorming a list for each office to take on.
  • What is this thing called Participatory Budgeting (as we enter the third year that a few council members set aside some of their council-member funds for their constituents to plan how to use)? An presentation and Q&A led someone working on participatory budgeting, including the results so far, how fast and how far should PB be expanded, and ensuring it’s an inclusive process as it grows.

So, what do you want to talk about? Share some session ideas in Tweets to #PlanCamp.