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people giving public input on MetroQuest scenario survey screen

Scenarios aren’t new but they certainly have evolved. While the concept of scenario planning can be traced back to the military, planners have been using scenarios for decades. In a nutshell, scenario planning involves creating a variety of possible alternative futures and using them to inform dialog about choices and then ideally, decision making. It’s a kind of “what-if?” exercise. Having been involved in scenario planning...

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Ray Chiaramonte APA award

It all came together for me at the Rail~Volution conference in Minneapolis. Is your organization like ours with a select few traveling the world collecting and sharing stories about your work while the rest of the staff remain at home relatively isolated? I travel and collect stories. I find that they recharge my batteries and reinforce my sense of purpose. What I realized that day in Minneapolis...

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Minneapolis skyline

After successfully using MetroQuest as the online engagement platform on several projects at other Kimley-Horn locations, the Twin Cities office has followed suit to become the latest member of the MetroQuest partner program. This means that the location will enjoy discounted pricing for the use of MetroQuest as well as a host of other partner benefits. “The Kimley-Horn Twin Cities office is very excited to partner with...

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Carolyn Lukensmeyer speaks on public engagement

It was great fun to reconnect last week with friend, mentor and collaborator Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. For those who don’t know her, Dr. Lukensmeyer is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and founder of America Speaks. As one of the foremost citizen engagement practitioners in North America, she has gathered public input on issues ranging from...

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Los Angeles skyline

After successfully using MetroQuest as the online engagement platform on several projects, Arellano Associates based in Southern California has officially joined the MetroQuest partner program. This means that the firm will enjoy discounted pricing for the use of MetroQuest as well as a host of other partner benefits. The creativity, experience and professionalism of the Arellano team has been instrumental in the success of our project...

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people thinking about the best public engagement online tool for their project

Project leaders are faced with challenging decisions when designing community involvement approaches for planning projects. In some situations, online engagement can provide a cost-effective alternative or complement to traditional forms of engagement. Choosing the most appropriate online tool to meet the needs of the project can be difficult since many tools seem similar. MetroQuest and MindMixer are two of the most popular tools and many people...

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