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POSTSCRIPT | Planning Communication

My earlier post prompted me to search Google for the terms ‘planning communicator’ and ‘planning communication’. I am well aware of the field of science communication was curious to know if any specialised communications existed for the planning field. What I find beneficial about situating these kinds of field specific engagements in the realm of public communications and participation is that they can emphasise learning processes rather than a didactic process. The rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina provoked a surge of of neighborhood grass roots planning. As Tim Jackson said in a Planetizen article, “Aided by consultants hired by the City Council and several universities, including Harvard, Cornell, Tulane, the University of New Orleans and others, many of these neighborhoods reorganized their neighborhood associations. Many others organized for the first time, all intent on removing the green dots from the maps of their neighborhood and proving that their neighborhood was coming back.” Other than engaging neighbourhoods in the planning process, this also builds community capacity and resilience. It puts the planning tools, to some extent, in the hands of the people who will most be effected by planning decisions.


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