Poster: Virtual Workshops for Public Involvement
In recent years, numerous online engagement platforms have emerged that have expanded ways to engage the public. However, they are often rigid in form and function. Virtual workshops offer planners flexibility to replicate materials or exercises utilized in a live in-person meeting in a virtual environment. Often these tools can be built with only slightly more web know-how than off-the-shelf engagement platforms require.
Creating a custom Virtual Workshop allows planners to ask exactly the kinds of questions or solicit the most valuable input on the format that best-suits the specific needs of a given project. This poster will include two case studies from the State of Connecticut where Virtual Workshops were used successfully to gather useful input in different ways. The poster will include links to active virtual workshop exercises so that participants can explore various tools and exercises on their smartphones.
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, Fitzgerald & Halliday
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerRyan Walsh, AICP, PP, LEED Green Associate is a Community Planner and Project Manager for Fitzgerald and Halliday, Inc., in their New York City office. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Ryan has led planning studies and public involvement programs throughout the United States. Ryan was the Principal Investigator and Lead Author for the National Cooperative Research Program Synthesis, “Local Policies and Practices that Support Safe Pedestrian Environments.” He has presented that work as well as topics including "Green Infrastructure and Resiliency" and "Library Partnerships for Public Involvement" at several conferences including the National APA conference.