Consider the Future With Scenario Tools
Part and parcel of a planner’s job is to help communities think about their desired future, as well as design plans, policies, programs, and projects to help realize that vision. What are the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the way we pose future choices? Since we can’t tell the future, what are the productive ways to get people to think of the future in order to inform present action? How might scenario planning help us pick actions that perform well over a range of possible futures? How is computer technology helping to assess and visualize possible outcomes? How can technology assist in engaging a wide variety of voices in these processes? What places and projects created exemplary comprehensive and strategic plans for the future?
You’ll learn about:
- How scenario planning can acknowledge the inherent uncertainty of the future
- What technologies are used in scenario planning
- Case studies from communities that have put these elements together successfully
Confirmed SpeakerKen Snyder is the founder and CEO of PlaceMatters, a national non-profit empowering communities with knowledge and tools to create thriving neighborhoods and streets, resilient places, and opportunity for all. Throughout a career focused on integrating civic engagement, technology, sustainability, and active design, Ken works on improving the decision mechanics of communities to create great places.
Invited SpeakerCommunity and Hazard Mitigation Planner, Michael Baker International, Denver, CO As a community planner and hazard mitigation planner Anne focuses on engagement to bring the broader community into the conversation to create better planning outcomes. Anne has worked at the neighborhood to national scale to implement effective public engagement and outreach strategies that support diverse communities with diverse needs. She currently works with communities to support community understanding and decision making capacity for hazard preparedness and response and also with local special districts in planning efforts to support community needs.
, Arizona State University
Confirmed SpeakerRay Quay is currently a Research Professional with the Decision Center for a Desert City project in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University where he is involved in research on water resources, climate adaptation, urban heat island, regional growth policy issues and scenario analysis. Previously he was the Assistant Director of Water Services for the City of Phoenix and also served as the Assistant Director of Planning for Phoenix, the Assistant Director of Planning for Arlington Texas, the Director of planning for Galveston Texas, and a research associate at the Rice Center in Houston Texas.
, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Confirmed SpeakerArnab Chakraborty PhD AICP is an associate professor of urban and regional planning and a Dean's Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He teaches planning communications, plan making, and scenario analysis.