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EngagingCities helps urban planners understand and use the internet. We write about new online developments and give practical advice. How can new technologies make your planning processes more participatory, collaborative or effective? Which online tools best suit your needs and how do you use them effectively?  http://EngagingCities.com


We want to see our cities being shaped by truly engaged citizens with the help of experts, not by experts for consumers. We are curious to see how the emergence of participatory culture in our society and the rise of interactive technology (aka Web2.0) impact urban planning processes – what will Urban Planning 2.0 look like? By observing and experimenting with innovative planning processes, we want to influence the discussion about the future of our field, and share insights, along with resources, guides and best practices of this new urban planning practice with other urban planners, architects, developers, policy makers, educators, economists, urban enthusiasts.

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You can find us on Twitter as @engagingcities, or on our Facebook Page. You can also email engagingcitiesinfo@eparticipation.com with comments, story ideas or questions, or visit the site at http://EngagingCities.com.

About the Leaders

Chris Haller

Chris is the founder of Urban Interactive Studio LLC, developing websites based on the content management platform Drupal and social media strategy for urban planning projects. His speciality are interactive web and mobile applications like TextTheMob.com or GuerrillaTweets.com.

Chris is a self-proclaimed information and interaction architect for complex decision-making processes. He’s a web developer and nationally-recognized eParticipation practitioner, with a broad background in community planning and communication technologies. These skills, combined with many years of experience in Web development and consulting for urban planning projects, are what brings Urban Interactive Studio’s mission – to enhance communication and improve decision-making in urban planning – to life. He is dedicated to finding unique ways to blend traditional and electronic mediums to successfully achieve critical communication goals.

Ryan Link

Ryan has over twelve years of professional experience in planning, project management and public involvement in the public, private and non-profit sector.  Ryan’s passion lies in the application of emerging technologies to planning and civic engagement. He has managed award winning social media programs and was the recipient of the 2010 Virginia Chapter of APA President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution for his work on the chapter’s social media program.  Mr. Link is dedicated to expanding the use of emerging technologies within government and the planning process.

Ryan is a firm believer that planners have the ability to reinvent the process and make planning fun again through the use of technology and a willingness to break the traditional planning model.  Drawing from influences outside the field of planning, Ryan is focused on building a better, more collaborative planning process from the ground up.

Michael Hinke

Mike is founder and principal consultant of Decision Support Resources (DSR). DSR is an information technology company that specializes in developing geographic information systems (GIS) and incorporating spatial databases, maps, and web-based mapping applications into environmental and land use planning and decision-making processes.

Mike serves as a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado. In the graduate school he teaches: Geo-Planning: GIS for Planners, Graphics for Planners. At the undergraduate level he has taught: eParticipation and Web-based Visualization, GIS for Planners, and Computers in Planning.

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