21st Century Storytelling

APA New Urbanism Division


Monday, May 8, 2017
10 a.m. - noon EDT

New York, NY, United States

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Planners are expected to be public engagement experts, but few of us have been trained in the mechanics of good storytelling. We’re told to make eye contact, connect with the public early in a project, maintain open communication, and be transparent about the process and deliverables. And yet we struggle to get high participation by people most impacted by our work.


The workshop content will use examples of human-scale design that can be found in NYC neighborhoods near the Javits Convention Center. CitiBike and MTA will play an important role in the workshop, helping planners experience transportation systems in ways that will inform their storytelling. 


Participants will take what they learn during the workshop and start experimenting right away.


What participants need to bring:

·         Smartphone and/or camera.

·         Burning questions.

·         Willingness to try something new.


Planners are under pressure to engage with the public in meaningful ways. Most of us simply follow the habits of our mentors, not knowing if our mentors are quality engagers. This workshop will include social proof for what works well in the 21st century, including step-by-step examples for creating and distributing content.

This session is best suited for planners who are expected to make use of both analog (live, in-person) and digital strategies as part of their project workflow.


Andy Boenau, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Andy Boenau, AICP is the Director of Mobility Strategy for The Gotcha Group. His company provides Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) for cities and university campuses across the country. Andy's expertise includes public engagement, storyboarding, digital content creation, and social media strategy. Related side projects include producing podcasts, short films, and digital ... Read More

Contact Info

Christine Davis, info@ohioplanning.org