Embrace the Convergence: Recruiting Allies and Establishing Common Ground for Tough Times


With developers sitting out the economic downturn, public sector planning moves to the forefront. When times were good, we could count on the magic of the charrette and killer design to win the day. Now it's all about aligning the politics. Veterans of public engagement tussles tell all, from how to recruit allies to methods of putting an end to the NIMBYs.


  • Ben Brown, Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
  • Michael E. O'Neal
  • Tim Torma, Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dee Merriam, CDC Community Planner, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Slideshow by Dee Merriam: