May 22, 2012: Collaborative Urban Innovation Webinar
On May 22nd, Tom Wright, Executive Director of Regional Plan Association, presented a webinar about the research, planning and advocacy techniques used by the nation’s oldest independent regional planning organization over its 90-year history. Since the 1920s, RPA has prepared long-range strategic plans for the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Metropolitan Region surrounding New York City. In creating and disseminating these plans, RPA has been at the forefront of planning techniques and technology. From simulations in the 1930s to advocacy planning in the 1960s to television documentaries in the 1970s to electronic town hall forums in the 2000s, RPA has been an early adopter of communications technology in regional planning.
Today, as RPA considers the scope, scale and ambition of a Fourth Regional Plan, the Association is exploring the potential of social media, crowd sourcing, gaming and other new communication techniques. This effort, undertaken in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, will describe the history of RPA techniques and ask questions about directions for the future.