Disruptive Technology and the AICP Code of Ethics

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

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A disruptive technology is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry. All communities must deal with some forms disruptive technology from automated vehicles to mounted movable signs. Resilient communities understand how to analyze the potential impacts of such change and the role of government in facilitating or regulating the change. For example, when cities began to rely on the internet to announce public events and to gather input from the community, it made it easy for citizens who owned computers with high speed connections to engage in the planning process more easily. Those without computers were unable to take advantage of these opportunities. Planners at the time responded with multiple methods of engagement including continuing to mail announcements and surveys. More recently there have been arguments about dockless bicycles and scooters using the sidewalk for pick-up, drop-off, and storage. This can impact pedestrians and cause problems for the mobility impaired who require unimpeded access. Planners must be prepared to recommend effective strategies and to do that, they must be aware of the provisions of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Disruptive technologies may advance the interests of some while diminishing the resources of others. Planners must be aware of the ethical implications of the technological change when considering what steps should be taken next. Scenarios will be used to apply the Code in different settings.

Attendees will:
1. Review the provisions of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
2. Be able to distinguish between the aspirational norms and mandated behaviors in the Code of Ethics.
3. Be able to apply provisions of the Code to decision-making about disruptive technologies in their communities.


Ann Bagley

ANN COOKE BAGLEY, FAICP, Principal, Bagley Associates, LLC Ann Cooke Bagley, FAICP, is a professional planner with over 35 years of experience working with small to medium size cities on long range plans, area plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and park plans. Ann holds a BA in City and Regional ... Read More

Carol Barrett

Carol is currently a Senior Associate with Zucker Systems. She has decades of experience writing and teaching about the AICP Code of Ethics. She has served on the AICP Ethics Committee. Her book, Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners, is widely used in planning classrooms. She has worked in both the ... Read More

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