Engaging the community in shaping our cities how can technology help
In recent years, the ever-increasing accessibility and affordability of technology has enabled new forms of community engagement for planning and designing projects. Interactive maps, social media, and mobile applications allow local governments, planners, and consultants to more easily interact with varied stakeholders and communities.
But is technology always the best method through which to connect on some of the most complex issues facing our cities? What tools are the right ones to use and do they really reach the target audiences? How do we best use technology to empower and engage our citizens?
These and more questions will be debated at ‘Engaging the Community in Shaping our Cities – How Can Technology Help?’ on October 26 @ 6:30pm. BuroHappold’s New York office invites you to a moderated conversation preceded by brief demonstrations from our guest speakers who are using technology in new and exciting ways to engage communities both here in New York and around the country: Erin Barnes (IOBY), Daniel Latorre (The Wise City), Jacqueline Lu (TreesCount!), and Eric Sanderson (Vision Maker). The evening is moderated by Nerissa Moray (BuroHappold).
To register click here. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Please bring a photo ID for entry.
Erin Barnes, In Our Back Yards
Erin is co-founder of IOBY, a platform which mobilizes neighbors with good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund and make positive change in their own neighborhoods. The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Erin Barnes and her co-founders at ioby the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation. Before ioby, Erin Barnes was an editor at Men’s Journal magazine, freelance writer, and contributor to Al Gore’s book Our Choice. She conducted field research on water and fisheries markets in Nicaragua and the Amazon, and worked as a community organizer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition.
Daniel Latorre, The Wise City
Daniel is focused on building communities of practice around place based campaigns, arts, advocacy, and open source urbanism. He founded the Wise City, a socially responsible civic engagement, service design, and product strategy practice. It’s a civic production company bringing the right partners and methods together to invent the best future now. It’s a network of change agents deeply focused on advancing peer to peer bottom-up movements renewing a social contract based on wise self-governance.
Jacqueline Lu, TreesCount! NYC Parks & Recreation
Jacqueline is Director of Data Analytics at New York City Parks & Recreation, where she leads the innovative use of data and technology to create and sustain thriving parks and public spaces. In this role, she leads among other projects, TreesCount! 2015, a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of New York City’s street trees.
Eric Sanderson, Vision Maker
Eric is a Senior Conservation Ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams, 2009) and Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs (Abrams, 2013). He is the co-inventor with Kim Fisher of WCS of the Visionmaker.nyc platform, a free, open, web-based platform for creating and sharing visions of the New York City environment.
Nerissa Moray, BuroHappold (Moderator)
Nerissa is an Associate Principal at BuroHappold, an independent, international engineering practice that offers a complete range of services for the built environment. Nerissa specializes in program and project management with a particular focus on environmental projects. Her projects range from creating new forms of governance for the joint city-federal parklands at Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, to managing an engineering design competition that realigned the lower Mississippi River. In her projects, she is often closely involved in the stakeholder engagement processes.