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Digital Placemaking – Authentic Civic Engagement

document Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation
Engaging the community is nothing new at PPS. It’s our founding ethic. Listening to what people have to say about the planning and design of the places where they live is what PPS has always been about.Now that most people are online, or soon will be, we’ve got a whole new way of bringing people into the process, and we’ve embraced the potential of today’s 2.0 social media to enhance our existing Placemaking services.

This refer as Digital Placemaking. It’s the integration of social media into Placemaking practices,which are community-centered, encouraging public participation, collaboration, and transparency.

Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”and Marshall McLuhan famously said, “We shape our tools and they in turn shape us.” At PPS,we like to tweak that a little, saying, “We shape our public spaces;thereafter they shape us.”

Today,it’s just as insightful to also say,“We shape our media;thereafter they shape us.”

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