Is Planning a Drag? Knope!
Friday, October 19, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT
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Very few of us dream of becoming the next Mark Brandanowitz, the jaded and unhappy planner on Seasons 1 and 2 of Parks and Recreation.
Many of us discover the Planning profession because we are curious and fascinated by cities. We aim to understand many of the facets and interconnections of the urban ecosystem, enough to at the very least have a pretty good idea of what not to do. Many of us also enter the world of planning to be a public servant –to serve others and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. However, the professional life of a planner can be constrained by shrinking resources and the enormous administrative responsibilities that fall on planning departments to carry out top-down municipal planning processes.
As planners, how do we demonstrate the value that we bring as curious researchers, listeners, synthesizers and dedicated servants to the greater good
This panel will be moderated by Philip Koske, Principal at Nudge Design. It will include a candid discussion with Katherine Caffrey, Assistant City Manager at the City of Cedar Park and two emerging professional planners: Rachel Tepper and Jake Gutekunst.
The objective of the panel is to inspire planners (particularly young planners) to recognize the value they bring to their organizations and how they can build on those missions. This will be an opportunity to learn from experienced and emerging leaders about how they can add value to their organizations. Ultimately, we hope planners leave the session feeling empowered to think outside the box and to see their role in their organizations as important, valuable and meaningful.
Barbara Holly, firstname.lastname@example.org