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  • Image: Figure 1: District Hall, Boston (Source:
  • Image: Figure 2: A networking event at the Innovation District, Boston (Source:
  • Millenium Park kiosk (Source: Invent the future summary report Pg8)
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  • 1. Innovative Planning in the U.S.: Engaging Communities to Build Better Places Dr. Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan (USA) Research Assistants: Lacey Sigmon, Doug Plowman, Seul Lee June 18, 2014
  • 2. Lahde: Evolution of Planning Kent (1964): ●Government focus ●Plan-oriented ●Minimal engagement Albrechts (2004): ●Government-led ●Vision, actions & means for implementation ●Stakeholder involvement crucial
  • 3. Lahde: Three Dimensions of Innovation: Civic EngagementInstitutions Public & Private Roles Planning Practices Illustrated By Three Cases: ● Boston Innovation District ● Chicago GOTO 2040 ● San Francisco Municipal Office of Civic Innovation
  • 4. Lahde: Figure 1: Internet Use in America Between 1995 and 2014 Source: “Internet Use Over Time.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (2013), May 20, 2014.
  • 5. Lahde: Civic Engagement Trends Park(ing) Day, San Francisco
  • 6. Boston Innovation District (BID) Lahde: An example of some of the businesses locating in the Innovation District Mayor Menino was a key backer of the project
  • 7. Lahde: District Hall: A key building in the Innovation District Public, Private and Non- Profits involved in running the District Developed on an underutilized section of land with good transport links to downtown Aiming to create a 24-hour district for people to enjoy
  • 8. Lahde: Networking events are a key feature of the District. Events like this occur frequently.
  • 9. Chicago GO TO 2040 Regional Plan Lahde: Innovative Kiosks were a key part of the public engagement process. Invent the Future: The report created outlining the Public Engagement
  • 10. Lahde: Workshops were held across the Chicago Metro area A snapshot of how the online software looked to users
  • 11. San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation Images: City of San Francisco Living Innovation Zones Entrepreneurship in Residence Mayor’s Innovation Roundtable Lahde:
  • 12. Lahde: ImproveSF: Online Platform for Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • 13. Lahde: Twitter Content Analysis for the Case Study Projects Twitter Analysis Engagement (advertising meetings, local events, Twitter interaction) •Boston – 40% •Chicago – 38.6% •San Francisco – 50.9% Informational •Boston – 54.6% •Chicago – 56.6% •San Francisco – 48.1%
  • 14. Lahde: Institutions Public & Private RolesSocial Media Discussion
  • 15. Lahde: Questions? Robert Goodspeed Assistant Professor of Urban Planning Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning University of Michigan Twitter: @rgoodspeed Tel. +1 734-615-7254