2022 National Planning Conference

Call for Proposals

April 30–May 3, 2022 | San Diego, California

Call for Proposals: NPC22

Sign up to review proposals or propose sessions by December 6


Play a Part in Expanding Planning Knowledge

You have a unique outlook, and at NPC22 we give you the platform to share it with the planning community. Submit your session proposal to help planners explore planning interventions, develop new skills, and implement practices to enact effective and inclusive, long-lasting change.

The 2022 National Planning Conference will explore critical issues facing the future of the profession and the communities we serve. Planners need insights and innovative approaches to anticipate and adapt to the needs of today's rapidly changing world, including solutions to create inclusive and equitable communities. And we are committed to including diverse participation and perspectives throughout the NPC22 program.

With session possibilities ranging from 5-minute speed shares to 90-minute solutioning workshops, we want your proposal. Whether in person or digitally, join us in San Diego.

HELP US BUILD THE NPC22 PROGRAM

It's easy to contribute or participate in the conference program, with 6 different ways to take part in NPC22 program development.

Pitch a Session Concept in One of the Sought-After Program Areas
Option 1
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Using our identified list of disruptive areas demanding actionable solutions, pitch a session concept and respond to planner needs. Proposal concepts don't require you to present a fully developed session. Instead, we'll ask a few brief questions designed to capture the importance of the issue and the solutions offered.

 

Pitch a Session in a Critical Area Not Covered in Program Areas List
Option 2
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Have a topic that you think is perfect for NPC22 that does not fit within the current program areas? This is your chance to pitch a standard proposal concept on a topic of your choice. Select "other" in the program area option during the questionnaire.

 

 

 

 

Share an Idea or Topic Area You Want to See at NPC22
Option 3
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We want to hear the big ideas of our members! If you have a topic or idea you want us to explore at NPC22, share it with us without needing to prep a full session proposal concept.

 

Refer a Speaker
Option 4
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Know a great speaker or subject matter expert? Share the contact with us! Refer someone you want us to consider for an NPC22 speaker.

 

 

 

 

Select Sessions for NPC22
Option 5
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We need you to help us build an outstanding NPC program! Unique perspectives and diverse, new voices are key to building a representative program. Become a proposal reviewer to evaluate and select the sessions for NPC22. The only prerequisite to review sessions is being an APA member.

 

Pitch a Mobile Workshop
Option 6
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Mobile workshops provide a unique opportunity for attendees to view complete and/or in-progress planning projects by visiting locations throughout the host city and neighboring region. Members and non-members are encouraged to submit a proposal.

 

Ready to Get Started?

We are too! To guide creative and innovative content submissions, we've defined core program content areas. These are areas of disruption that demand actionable solutions to prepare planners as they implement broad systematic changes.

  • Climate Change Impacts and Action
  • Economic Restructuring
  • Housing & Zoning
  • Agile Planning Methods and Approaches
  • Leveraging Technology
  • Planning with Intention for Inclusion and Equity
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Other

We've also left the door open for you to submit a concept in an area not covered by this list. Simply choose "other" under program areas in the submission questionnaire.

Once proposals are received, they will be reviewed using a scoring rubric, advancing the highest ranking for inclusion in the program. The highest ranking proposals will advance to the next level of collaborative session development to address review comments, add speakers, and develop and submit a session outline.

Deadlines

  • Sign up to review proposals or propose sessions November 9–December 6, 2021
  • Topic suggestions, and speaker referrals deadline — January 18, 2022
  • Session reviewer volunteer deadline — December 6, 2021

Other Important Dates to Know

Proposals reviewed January 4–18, 2022
Notification of session acceptance and delivery format February 2022
Concurrent session submitters review comments, add speakers, and submit session outlines February 2022

Call for Proposals FAQ

Who can be a part of the NPC22 program process?

Only American Planning Association members may submit session concepts, refer speakers, suggest program topics, or review sessions for NPC22. Nonmembers are encouraged to join APA and enjoy the benefits of membership in APA's worldwide community of planners.

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Will my session be in person or digital?

Our NPC22 session types offer opportunities to include inspiration, peer-to-peer learning, in-depth exploration, and hands-on training across a wide range of program areas. At the time of proposal submission, you will indicate the session type and delivery method that is optimal for your session’s content. NPC22 content will be delivered in a variety of ways, and we will be in touch February 2022 with notice of acceptance and delivery format of your session. This is our first-ever hybrid National Planning Conference experience and whether in San Diego or digitally, we hope you are a part of it!

  • 5-minute Speed Share Session
    A single speaker will inspire attendees with a success snapshot that illustrates practical tips, innovative work or insights, and lessons learned.
  • 15-minute Storytelling Session
    A single speaker will tell a powerful story, bringing firsthand experiences to life and transporting the audience to that place and time. Storytelling includes being descriptive in setting the scene and sharing thoughts and emotions with passion and intensity.
  • 30-minute Fundamental Planning Knowledge Session (Pre-recorded only)
    A single speaker presents a 30-minute session on the tenets of planning to establish a framework for the core skills, experiences, and values that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding that planners must possess to excel in this changing world. Visit the AICP Core Competencies for a list of subjects that we are requesting for proposals.
  • 45-minute Session
    Sessions will be organized by the conference program areas to address disruption through innovative strategies, resources, and tools to overcome challenges. Proposals will highlight the challenge, impacts, and how your session will prepare planners to thrive now and in the future.  A maximum of 3 registered speakers (including the moderator) will collaborate to deliver in a session.
  • 60-minute Mandatory Credit Session
    AICP has designated four mandatory topics as a requirement of AICP-certified planners. These credits are fundamental to how planning is practiced today. Choose from the topics Law, Ethics, Equity, and Sustainability and Resilience. Proposals must meet the CM criteria established for that topic to be considered for NPC.
     
    • Law CM — Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that ensure planners have a current understanding of case law, regulations, and statutes and their impact on planning practice.
      Content must closely relate to recently (within the last 10 years) enacted planning laws/case decisions or trends in existing planning laws/case decisions. Training on law must constitute a majority of the content of the proposal.
    • Ethics CM — Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that allow for a deep application of ethical standards according to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Content must be focused on planning ethics and include a refresher of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, its application to current topics, and resources.
    • Equity CM — Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that demonstrate how planners have expanded their equity toolkit to better serve the public interest, leading to more equitable outcomes in communities. Content must address one of the following areas of equity, diversity, or inclusion as defined in the APA Planning for Equity Policy Guide.
    • Sustainability and Resilience CM Proposals submitted will have learning outcomes that demonstrate a planners' recognition of long-term and interrelated consequences and how to better plan for sustainable and resilient outcomes. Proposals must be instructed within at least one of the sustainability OR resilience learning areas and at least one of the topics/subtopics. Instruction on Sustainability and Resilience MUST integrally consider the equity, diversity, and inclusion implications for disadvantaged communities and convey relevant facts and analysis to attendees. Sustainability and Resilience Learning Areas and Topics
  • 90-minute Solutioning Workshop (Live In-person only):
    A solutioning workshop fosters creativity in collaborative group sessions geared toward providing planners the tools and knowledge to overcome prevalent challenges. Through a mix of a brief presentation, facilitation, and problem-solving group exercises, presenters will harness the power of diverse planner experiences and find solutions in a dynamic way. Proposals should demonstrate how new perspectives will be used to spark creative thinking to solve challenges, and how the workshop will foster exploration of more than one potential solution.
  • Mobile Workshops  (Live In-person only):
    Propose a mobile workshop that takes attendees to a planning project or projects in the host city or surrounding region. Attendees should learn about local planning challenges, best practices, and impact on the community. Typically led by planners, mobile workshops offer the opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes planning initiatives with a planner’s perspective on local challenges.  

If accepted into the program do I have to register?

Yes, ALL session moderators and speakers must register and pay the conference registration fee.

For Mobile Workshops, APA members and nonmembers are encouraged to register and receive full conference benefits. If a mobile workshop coordinator or guide is only involved in the designated workshop and not attending the conference they will not be required to register. For those coordinators or guides who choose not to register will not have access to any of the conference outside of their designated workshop.

I'm a student. What opportunities do I have to participate in the NPC22 program?

Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in all the NPC22 program opportunities outlined above, including reviewing sessions. We are also identifying a new system to display students' and emerging professionals' projects, similar to poster displays in the past. Additional information about this will be added no later than February 2022.

What questions should I expect in the session concept proposal questionnaire?

NPC22 proposals include brief questions designed to capture the importance of the issue and the solutions offered. This streamlined approach eliminates the need to present a fully developed session before acceptance. Note: If you are proposing a 45- 60- or 90-minute session, speakers will be added later during our collaborative session development process.

Resources

NPC22 Template for Fundamental Planning Knowledge Proposals

NPC22 Template for 5-15-45-60-90 minute Proposals