Design Thinking in Planning Interest Group
About / History
The American Planning Association's Design Thinking in Planning Interest Group birthed from the Design Thinking Series in 2022 taught by Thomas Fisher (University of Minnesota) where we, as Planners, can explore integrating Design Thinking perspectives, principles, and practices in our planning efforts as a way to be relevant to the constant changes in our communities. COVID-19 was the context we spoke throughout the course. Participants from this course recognized this course content as essential towards advancing a more human-centered and equitable approach in the field of Planning.
To serve as the American Planning Association's premier hub related to the topic-intersection between Planning and Design Thinking promoting human-centeredness in the Planning discipline to improve community engagement practices, collaboration, and planning transparency that results in human-centered planning, policies, and investments.
The mission of the American Planning Association's Design Thinking In Planning Interest Group is to advance design thinking by expanding awareness, advocacy, and education across the Planning industry and in related disciplines through communications, education and training, guest speakers, events, the design of innovative and best practices, and partnership development.
The APA Design Thinking In Planning Interest Group Leadership Team serves as the acting Overseer to the Working Groups and their respective Focus Areas, providing overall support, where necessary, to the Working Group Contact Leads and Contributors.
The Focus Areas include the following:
- Education & Training;
- Event Planning;
- External Communications;
- Innovative & Best Practices Development;
- Partnership Development; and
- Publications & Research
LeadershiP / Co-Founders:
Working Group Contact Lead Contact Information:
Advocacy | Chelsea Maida
Awareness | Eric R. Howell, NCI
Education & Training | Eric R. Howell, NCI
Event Planning | Actively recruiting a Contact Lead for this Working Group
External Communications | Krysti J. Barksdale-Noble, AICP
Innovative & Best Practices Development | Alex Medina, AICP
Partnership Development | Chelsea Maida
Learn about our Leadership Team and Working Groups and get involved.
The Design Thinking in Planning Interest Group is seeking a volunteer to serve as their Social Media Coordinator.
Design Thinking— a PAS Quicknotes by Thomas Fisher
If you have any questions or if you would like to get involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org