11 October 2011

High-Touch/High-Tech Charrettes: How social media and web-based tools are increasing the capacity for involvement

By Bill Lennertz for Planning magazine, October 2011

There is a saying that a charrette will succeed so long as people show up. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done because planners have always struggled to fill public meetings with people who represent all community viewpoints. Now new tools and strategies are getting a good result more consistently.

With social media and web-based participation tools, planners are increasing the number and diversity of people engaged in charrettes. These high-tech tools can also improve the traditional “high-touch” or hands-on charrette by gathering more information and providing more feedback—all in real time…continue reading here (PDF) and attend our webinar on this topic.