April 3, 2009

Using Technology to Engage Audiences

CHICAGO — How do you obtain feedback from an audience of thousands, instantly? Learn how an Audience Response System (ARS) can provide instant audience feedback at the next Tuesdays at APA forum.

ARS is an instant polling technology that allows participants to provide feedback using digital keypads. This system was used during the World Trade Center site planning process. Attendees will learn about ARS and have an opportunity to interact with ARS equipment.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 5–6 p.m.


APA's Burnham Conference Center, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600


The event is free and open to the public.

Anthony Kobak, chief city planner for the City of Youngstown, Ohio, will share his experiences of using ARS. See why Kobak believes the use of ARS improves the inclusiveness of the planning process and why the new technology will become more widely adopted in the planning and design professions.

"I believe ARS will revolutionize the planning and design fields," Kobak said. "This technology will lead to better planning and design processes, better plans, and better design."

Kobak has used ARS technology to gather citizen feedback during neighborhood and community-based planning projects. He was the project manager for Youngstown's award-winning comprehensive planning process, Youngstown 2010, which received APA's 2007 National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach.

Tuesdays at APA is a monthly after-work lecture and discussion series. Each month, practicing planners and researchers discuss the latest ideas, concepts and research in the planning field. For upcoming events, visit www.planning.org/tuesdaysatapa or call 312-431-9100. The next Tuesdays at APA event will be May 12, 2009, exploring the return of streetcars. Podcasts of previous events are available through iTunes.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org