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Public Engagement
Public Engagement

Most public engagement is worthless. Attend any public engagement session and you hear the same public policy questions, missing the actual experiences of the people they wish to serve. 

At Strong Towns, we believe cities must humbly observe where people struggle. And, instead of crossing off another item on the traditional public policy questionnaire, address those struggles incrementally.

This page is dedicated to all conversations related to public engagement. Consider starting with one on the following: 

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David G
Founder, Plan Together Community Map Platform

Discuss and Plan your Community on a Collaborative Map

LINK: plantogether.city

I am long-time reader of Strong Towns, and I was suggested on Twitter to post here about my new tool.

I have recently finished the first version of Plan Together; a website which allows citizens to discuss and plan the future of their communities. Users are able to post items to a map, each tagged as a suggestion, news, criticism or praise. Other users can comment on these items; allowing ideas, understanding and unique viewpoints to surface. To better understand how this works, please visit the site.

Plan Together is my love letter to all those that... (More)

How do you present a complete picture of a city, so residents understand the current issues and can get plugged into projects that make a difference?

I am looking for advice on a logical framework I can use to organize what is happening in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I want to connect the dots between "Here are the top priority issues our city faces" "Here are organizations, programs, and actions that seek to address those issues" and "Here is what individuals can do to make a difference"

The city has a brand new strategic plan. Local foundations, the chamber of commerce, and non-profits all have strategic plans and indicators. And, of course, everything is hidden behind layers of exclusive personal networks, speculative development, shell corporations, individual apathy,... (More)

Programs that encourage underrepresented groups to invest in their communities

My goal is to collaborate with policy and industry leaders to develop programs and incentives that will increase the opportunity for underrepresented residents to purchase properties, homes, or start businesses. Most importantly, market industry leaders to invest in community programs, such as cultural events, career mentor programs that will work with underrepresented talent, and career pathway programs for youth. 

Does any professionals have any stories on any successes that their cities accomplished in these types of programs? 

YIMBY Action is hiring a Marketing Director!

YIMBY Action is hiring a Marketing Director! If you're passionate about growing the movement fighting for more housing and more vibrant cities and have growth marketing experience, please apply! Location flexible. https://yimbyaction.org/careers/marketing-director/