I’m the Co-Founder of MetroQuest.com. My focus for the past 20+ years has been on providing leadership in the development and use of digital tools for broad and meaningful stakeholder engagement and public outreach. Most of my efforts have been on enhancing community participation for transportation, urban and sustainability planning projects. My biggest satisfaction is witnessing the positive impact that public input can have on a plan. I believe we need smart plans that have the public and political support to be carried through to successful implementation.
Talk Title: Lessons from Don Draper: Community Engagement Beyond the Usual Suspects
This fast paced talk will begin with Lessons from Don Draper > research findings on best practices for leveraging technology to engage the public in planning their community. The MetroQuest public involvement software emerged from this research. Since it’s development at UBC, MetroQuest has been used on award-winning planning projects throughout North America. Several MetroQuest case studies will be presented showing the dramatic impact that deep public participation can have on community development.