What’s next for OpenPlans in 2015

For over ten years, OpenPlans has been an amazing incubator of people, ideas and projects. Maintaining our deeply-held belief in better cities thanks to technology and participation, we’ve built impactful, well-crafted software – with occasional organizational refreshes along the way. And now it’s time for another. Hold onto your hats! Recently we’ve focused on the challenges of public involvement Read more…

Exploring digital engagement as a mindset

During my fall fellowship at OpenPlans, I spent time exploring many different tools for digital engagement. Today’s my last day, so I want to share some thoughts about what the planner’s toolbox will look like in the future. Choosing from a rich selection of great online tools, planners will be able to pick the right tool from their toolbox for the Read more…

OpenPlans featured in Forefront

As it did with the Vision Zero initiative, OpenPlans has collaborated with cities to develop software tools that allow them to gather public input in a way that meets their needs. New York has also used the tool to ask citizens how to spend $1 million, Chicago has employed it to identify where to place Read more…


#PWPB, let’s talk engagement for walking, biking, and great places

Chat with OpenPlans at at Pro Walk Pro Bike in Pittsburgh this week – Frank will be holding down the OpenPlans table in the exhibit hall, so stop by to chat about using OpenPlans and Shareabouts for effective community engagement, and open source tech tools for planning.

Come to one of these sessions for a deeper dive:

Wednesday, 10am – Expanding the Toolbox: Using Online Tools to Support Placemaking. Hear about building an engaged constituency in support of streetscape projects, by keeping communities informed throughout public input through to implementation. In Room 304.

Wednesday 1:15pm – Shareabouts: Using Online Crowdsourcing Maps. In Room 305. Come to the peer problem solving session, for a conversation about using online maps to tap into community wisdom and get people engaged. Shareabouts maps can be used for data collection about existing conditions and community desires. Frank will chat through examples where Shareabouts works well, and how to get the most out of a map.

Mjumbe Frank

How Open Are Your Plans?

Our latest newsletter is packed with great updates, in case you missed it in your inbox. Read on to learn about new Plan In A Box features, new Shareabouts deployments, our APA National Conference plans, and more.

We placed 3rd at Mini Metro Madness…

We spent our lunchtime designing transit systems — competitively. Thanks to Transit Center for hosting the first (annual?) Mini Metro challenge. In the face of a highly competitive field, Andy and Aaron both played two high scoring, transit savvy games to grab us third place. We secured a solid third (mostly by showing up with Read more…