This new manual is the product of nearly two decades of successful practice by internationally acclaimed community planning specialists. It will enable both planning veterans and people with little or no experience in the field to conduct a wide variety of community engagement events with absolute confidence.
It introduces the SpeakOut, an innovative, interactive drop-in process with some of the qualities of an Open House and a participatory workshop. It provides hands-on, step-by-step guidance, detailed checklists and practical advice on how to manage community engagement processes, as well as advice on facilitation and recording and training of helpers.
This unique, illustrated manual is a must-have tool for community, city and regional planners, activists, community organizations, students in planning and other land professions and workshop facilitators and trainers everywhere.
About the Author
Wendy Sarkissian holds a PhD in environmental ethics, has taught in schools of planning, landscape architecture and architecture and has co-authored a number of award-winning books. As a consultant focusing on community engagement, she has pioneered innovative planning and development approaches in a variety of contexts, earning her forty professional awards.
Steph Vajda has over ten years experience in environmental and social justice advocacy at local community and national levels and has worked as a social planner in Brisbane since 2001. He has a particular interest in the power dynamics of participation, seeking ways to involve young and marginalised people in meaningful processes in their communities.
Andrea Cook is based in Melbourne and is a strategic urban/community planner with eighteen years' experience in the public, private and tertiary sectors in Australia and on overseas development projects.
Kelvin Walsh is an urban designer recognised for his innovative development work requiring new approaches and models in response to the complexities of local environments and cultures. Kelvin is an Associate Director with STRATA (RMJM HK Ltd) based in Hong Kong and working across Asia and the Middle East.
Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau trained as a planner, has several years of community planning experiences in rural and urban settings in Hawai'i. Her last position as the Community Facilitator/Organizer for The ARTS at Marks Garage, a community project of the Hawai`i Arts Alliance, led her to a deeper community engagement work in Chinatown, Honolulu. Her continued interest is in exploring ways for the voices of the marginalised to be heard as part of processes in their communities.