Category Archives: Ideas

Big Ideas, Little Moments

Ideas for International Open Data Hackathon in Vancouver

This coming Saturday is International Open Data Hackathon day. In Vancouver, it’s happening at W2 Storyeum in Gastown (details via the ODHD wiki). There was a (very!) short session led by Aaron Gladders at BarCamp Vancouver on what we might focus our efforts on during the Open Data Hackathon, and we settled working on a […]

Lightning Talk at Open Gov West BC — Open government and Urban Planning

I received the happy news that I will be doing a lightning talk about Open Government BC on November 10th. I’m happy to put what I’ve been learning and thinking about open government in front of people whose work, activities and perspectives I am deeply indebted to, and I hope I’m able to meet some […]

Onto the second year

The first week of my second year in the master’s program has started. I am really excited about the courses I am taking this fall and the spring, some minor tweaks and additions notwithstanding. It’s a course-heavy, professionally oriented program I’m in here, but as always I’m looking forward to having my ideas about planning […]

The vision of a technologist’s city: where people, spaces and information collide

“When,” asks Greg Lindsey in his Fast Company article, “did Silicon Valley become so obsessed with building cities?” His article describes the work of a company called Living PlanIT: Living PlanIT (pronounced “planet”) is the brainchild of Steve Lewis and Malcolm Hutchinson, a pair of IT veterans who met when Lewis was still a top […]

NetSquared Camp: Session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data

I volunteered to lead a session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data at yesterday’s NetSquaredCamp, and we talked and thought about how non-profits might make use of open data as part of their advocacy and convening conversations on what is important to us in improving our neighbourhoods and daily lives.

What to do with Professional Authority and Local Knowledge in Planning?

Many moments stand out in my memory of Vancouver TransitCamp, the unconference on public transit I helped convene back in 2007. One of those moments was when I got to talking to an acquaintance of mine who works as a planner. The precise trajectory of the conversation eludes me now, but I have a clear […]

Opinions of People and Reputation in Information Flows

Out on a walk last weekend with Stephanie and Liz, I was reminded of some thoughts I had about the open airing of criticism. The topic’s surfaced again for me in a different but related context — Will Pate shared an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about the role of harsh criticism in […]

Inclusive from the word ‘go’

Yesterday, at the Pecha Kucha Night ‘Green Your City’ edition, I had an interesting interaction that indicates a bit of where my thinking has started to go since returning from the Just Metropolis conference. I was talking to a friend about something I was sure she’d either be interested or know about. “It’s this event […]

Musings and reading on collaborative rationality in urban planning and civic projects

This is an extremely long post mashing together Beth Simone Noveck’s chapter on collaborative democracy with Judith Innes and David Booher’s recent book on collaborative rationality in planning called “Planning with Complexity,” mixed liberally with my own thoughts on community management in open source software. A lot of hand-waving, block quotes, and thinking out-loud.