Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Planner as teacher.
The goal is to increase the knowledge and understanding of planning within the community. Over time we would be helping to build a citizenry that is able to understand and engage in planning actions with more awareness, effective measures, and participation. The results of this kind of work would bring us closer to municipal planning that is fair, efficient, just, and effective.
If our efforts are focused on building the places of our communities and ensuring that the "machine" runs efficiently, but we lose sight of building our citizens with the assets of knowledge and understanding that empowers them, we as Planners are forgetting who this is all for. People.
Give a community a plan; you have informed them.
Teach a community how to plan; and you have empowered them.