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2009

City Planning, Civic Engagement and the Internet

A CITP Conference

What: A three day summit exploring the Web’s potential to create better urban places
When: Thursday, April 30, 2009 – Saturday, May 2, 2009 – times vary
Locations: Friend Center and Sherrerd Hall

With most of the world’s population now living in cities and concern mounting about the economic, social and environmental challenges the face, interest in the field of urban planning has risen tremendously.

To meet some of these challenges, planners, policymakers, technology specialists, and citizen advocates are working to leverage the immense potential of the Internet to rethink how people can participate in decisions about the shape and direction of their community.

  • Learn best practices for increasing public participation using the Internet.
  • Find out how governments, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood groups are gathering and providing data online.
  • See some of the latest web tools designed to help residents find out about trends and changes in their neighborhood.

Attendance is free, however space is limited and registration is required.

  • Mark Elliott, Director & Chief Consultant, Collabforge
  • John Geraci, DIYCity
  • Nick Grossman, The Open Planning Project
  • Edward Andersson, Head of Practive, Involve (Presentation: Beware of the Leopard)
  • Mike Logan, City of Toronto, Public Consultation Unit
  • Jennifer Evans Cowley, AICP, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Adrian Holovaty, Founder, Everyblock.com
  • Robert Goodspeed, Research Analyst, Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Matthew Golas, Managing Editor, PlanPhilly.com
  • Caroline Bhalla, Associate Director, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate
  • Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
  • Robert Davis, City of Toronto
  • Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College
  • Mark Bosworth, GIS Program Supervisor, Metro
  • Christopher J. Seeger, ASLA, GISP, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University
  • John Wonderlich, Policy Director, The Sunlight Foundation
  • Ali Felski, Senior Designer, Sunlight Labs
  • Jeff Christensen, Chief Product Officer, Rhiza Labs
  • Josh Knauer, CEO, Rhiza Labs
  • Jocelyn Hittle, PlaceMatters
  • Thursday, April 30, 2009, Location: Friend Center 101

    • Film Screening – “Us Now” (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
      A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.
      Learn more about the film>>
    • Discussion (8:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
      Rob Goodspeed, Research Analyst, Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council

    Friday, May 1, 2009, Location: Friend Center Convocation Room

    • Registration and Continental Breakfast (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM)
    • Welcoming Remarks (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
    • Opening Plenary: Using Web Tools For Collaborative Planning
      (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM), Location: Friend Center Convocation Room

      See how web tools are being used to engage communities in planning processes.

      Mark Elliott, Director & Chief Consultant, Collabforge
      John Geraci, DIYCity
      Nick Grossman, The Open Planning Project
      Moderator: Thomas K. Wright, Executive Director, Regional Planning Association

    • Online Public Participation Tools: What Works, What Doesn’t
      (11:00 PM – 12:30 PM), Location: 006 Friend Center

      Best practices for public participation in community planning decisions,

      Edward Andersson, Head of Practive, Involve
      Mike Logan, City of Toronto, Public Consultation Unit
      Jennifer Evans Cowley, AICP, Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University

    • The E‐citizen: How Ordinary Folks can use the Web to Improve their Communities
      (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM), Location: 008 Friend Center

      See how web technology can help citizens to find out what happens in their neighborhood, and find out how governments and organizations can better respond to and benefit from its connected populace.

      Adrian Holovaty, Founder, Everyblock.com
      Matthew Golas, Managing Editor, PlanPhilly.com
      Caroline Bhalla, Associate Director, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate

    • Lunch (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
      Location: Friend Center Convocation Room
    • Taking the Plunge: Implementing Smart Web Technologies
      (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM), Location: 008 Friend Center

      A discussion about how public agencies and organizations have been able to overcome the technical, political and financial barriers that prevented them from developing and deploying citizen‐centered web technology.

      Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
      Robert Davis, City of Toronto

    • GIS and Mapping for Everyone
      (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM), Friend Center Room 006

      Easy‐to‐use web based mapping tools that put the power of geographic information systems in the hands of the public.

      Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College
      Mark Bosworth, GIS Program Supervisor, Metro
      Christopher J. Seeger, ASLA, GISP, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University

    • Break
      (3:00 PM – 3:30 PM), Location: Friend Center Convocation Room
    • The Internet Is Made For Sharing (Data)
      (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM), Location: 006 Friend Center

      How governments and organizations can use web technologies to make their data accessible and free to the public, and why they should do it.

      John Wonderlich, Policy Director, The Sunlight Foundation
      Jeff Christensen, Chief Product Officer, Rhiza Labs

    • Make Boring Data Fun and Useful
      (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM), Location: 008 Friend Center

      Examples of tools that make government and planning data and concepts user‐friendly and easy to understand.

      Josh Knauer, CEO, Rhiza Labs
      Ali Felski, Senior Designer, Sunlight Labs

    Saturday, May 2, 2009

    • Continental Breakfast
      (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM), Location: 3rd Floor Sherrerd Hall
    • Wii Planning: The new world of motion/touch sensitive, and location aware applications
      (9:00 AM – 10:30 PM), Location: 101 Sherrerd Hall

      Live demos and participation of a range of applications and techniques including using iPhones and mobile phone polls, and building asset maps with a team of GPS enabled iPhones and/or touch sensitive tablets.

      Jocelyn Hittle, PlaceMatters
      Jason Lally, PlaceMatters

    • The Best Web Applications For Planners
      (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM), Location: 101 Sherrerd Hall

      Learn how to use popular web technologies (mapping, blogs, sms) to engage communites in planning during this hands-on workshop.

      Christian Peralta, Princeton University

    • Lunch
      (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM), Location: 3rd Floor Sherrerd Hall