Tech Lab: EngagingPlans Online Engagement Tool

A PublicDecisions Tech Lab Webinar
Friday, 29 July 2011, 12:00 Eastern (New York)/16:00 GMT/17:00 UK (60 minutes)

Registration closes Wednesday, 27 July

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Tech Lab Series

With so many online tools available for stakeholder engagement (140+ on the Participate DB database alone), it's sometimes hard to differentiate among them.  How do you know which tool is best for your project or organization?

To help you sort through the clutter, we've created the Tech Lab series. This occasional series will feature programs about a variety of tools used for engagement.

In each 60-minute program, you'll learn about a tool's capabilities and key features. You'll get to see the actual tool in use and ask questions if you wish.

These Tech Lab sessions are valuable for:
 •  Benchmarking the tool(s) you use now against what's available.
 •  Learning about new or existing tools in the marketplace.

They're also are ideal for narrowing your short list of prospective tools, as you consider upgrading or changing what you're presently using.

Tech Lab programs are recorded and later made available for on-demand viewing on the PublicDecisions website.

Registration is free of charge for Circle Club members, and no one will contact you about the tool unless you request it.

Have a tool you'd like to see featured as part of the Tech Lab series? Contact us.

About EngagingPlans

Engaging Plans by Urban Interactive Studios is an online engagement solution tailored to practitioners' needs—a rarity in today's world of one-size-fits-all web applications. It solves the dilemma many organizations face as communication moves increasingly online and more citizens expect the convenience of having information readily available on the web.

Agencies are recognizing the value of online communication among stakeholders, citizens, and decision-makers, but often can't afford the financial or administrative outlay required to maintain an effective web presence dedicated to a specific engagement project. EngagingPlans enables the rapid launch of an interactive website and engagement management system, with minimal effort and no special technical skills required.

Join UIS founder Chris Haller to learn more about the EngagingPlans online tool and to hear tips about successful online engagement based on his experience working with agencies and nonprofits.

 •  Welcome and brief introductions (3 minutes)
 •  Review of EngagingPlans' core features (25 minutes)
 •  Questions/Discussion (30 minutes)

Guest Speaker

Chris Haller is a nationally-recognized web developer and online engagement practitioner, with a broad background in urban planning and communication technologies. These skills, combined with many years of experience in consulting for urban planning projects, are what brings Urban Interactive Studio's mission—to enhance communication and improve decision-making in urban planning—to life. In April 2011 he was named one of the Top 25 thinkers in urban planning technology by the urban planning magazine Planetizen.

As UIS's founder, Chris is closely involved in the day-to-day development of interactive web and mobile applications, as well as EngagingPlans, a place-based, interactive website package for planning projects. He designs effective online engagement projects and social media strategies for clients, and provides related training when needed. Chris is also founder and publisher of the EngagingCities online magazine, where he writes about trends in urban planning and public involvement..

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