Browse Topics: Public Participation
Call for Innovation/Ideas
Call for Innovations (or Ideas) is a new procurement tool in which cities/towns issue first a problem statement rather than specifications.
UrbanDig Project Omonia – Innovative artistic practices for sustainable urban communities
UrbanDig Projectt supports bottom-up activities and intends to build trust inside the communities by integrating innovative practices in ways that are outside traditional norms but expect to share a common interest in the neighborhood leading to its’ sustainable development.
Scrabble in the Park
Create a giant Scrabble board for a community game in public spaces.
Community Health Dashboards
Community Health dashboards depict various measures and trends related to residents’ health, education & welfare.
Crowdresourcing Community Investments
Crowdresourcing uses small community contributions of money, time and goods for civic improvements. The term crowdsourcing also used.
Public Space Stewardship Guide
San Francisco CA has issued the Public Space Stewardship Guide: A toolkit for funding, programming and maintenance. Focused on parks and small scale projects, the guide is presented in both pdf and a web-based formats.
Popup Work Spaces
Popup workspaces provide temporary, outdoor workspaces with amenities (electricity, Wi-Fi, and seating) as gathering spaces centered on work.
Free Sunscreen Dispensers
Sunscreen dispensers can help prevent risks of skin cancer/melanoma particularly in open, sunny areas like parks, near waterfronts and during street festivals.
Ring Ride App
Ring Ride is a bicycle riding game designed to increase support for walking and cycling improvements on Vienna’s historic Ringstrasse. On the app, players try to avoid obstacles (including dogs, other bicyclists and Mozart). The app takes players to the larger site for more information on events, project ideas, and resources.
Corvalis Metropolitan Planning Area Scenario Viewer
The Corvallis Metropolitan Planning Area (CAMPO) strategic assessment modeled policy combinations and context factors to find out how different choices (policy factors like community design) and different external influences (context factors such as fuel prices) could affect future vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, travel costs, and other outcomes in the region.
Boston’s City Hall to Go
City Hall To Go visits Boston’s neighborhoods throughout the year, offering a select menu of city services directly to constituents. The truck can also be deployed to special events, block parties and street festivals, as well as select seasonal services as resident needs shift throughout the year.
Washtenaw County Master Rain Gardener Program
Rain Gardens filter and cool storm water before it enters streams and rivers. But siting and maintaining rain gardens for effective stormwater management requires special care. The Master Rain garden program extends the popular Master Gardener programs to create low input, high performing landscapes.
People St. – pre-permitted public improvements in Los Angeles
People St is a one-stop shop for information, resources, and materials to construct plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals. People St. streamlines the process installing these three types of projects in Los Angeles neighborhoods. People St. represents one of the many tools in Los Angeles’ Great Streets toolbox
South Florida Sea Level Rise Toolkit
Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and partners are developing the Sea Level Rise Toolbox to depict future sea level rise and coastal flooding. The goal is to help residents and businesses prepare and adapt ahead of damaging water and flooding.
“Add a tree to your street” public engagement tool
Project Great Streets printed 4 inch trees on mylar. People can hold up the image on treeless streets to imagine what a street tree may look like. It is like “photoshopping” trees onto the streetscape in real time.
Neighborhood Partnering Program – Austin TX
The Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin. Cost sharing can be achieved through cash contributions, in-kind contributions, or donated labor (sweat-equity).
Neighborhood Consultation Explainer Video
NSW Australia produced a 1:18 minute video to explain neighbor consultations, which are required for property owners undertaking renovation, demolition or new construction.
Rackspotter – Crowdsourced Bike Rack Mapping
Arlington County’s Bicycle Program created Rackspotter, an app to identify and map bicycle parking racks. BikeArlington builds on existing partnerships among citizens, businesses and local government to encourage more people to bike more often in Arlington.
Guerrilla Wayfinding – DIY Wayfinding Signs for Pedestrians
Walk [Your City] is a Raleigh N.C. based organization that began posting unsanctioned wayfinding signs for pedestrians. The signs contain three important points: a common destination, the direction and approximate walk time. Walk [Your City] now has online templates so any city can print colorful signs.
Community Button Campaign – “Not Myself Today”
The “Not Myself Today” campaign is an annual week addressing mental health and well-being. In 2012, Blok Design, working with Partners in Mental Health, used campaign style buttons with a range of moods and feelings. Organizers chose an area with high foot traffic, encouraging pedestrians to “wear their feelings.” The campaign seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health and to open the dialogue on mental health.