Planning is widely described as a future-oriented process that brings in diverse actors/institutions, experiences, and voices, even as it seeks equitable and just outcomes that provide broad societal benefit. It is understood as an interdisciplinary field that is process and place-based and is both expert-driven and facilitated. My work fits this. It also underscores the participant driven nature of planning in emphasizing two positions: planning as shaping and managing change, by focusing on organizational processes and institutional structures that support, subvert, or embed innovation and transformation at various scales. Questions of how difference - in access, outcomes and opportunities - shape institutional engagements are a critical component as well. planning as place-based public pedagogy drawing on ideas of social learning and radical education for change. Place-based pedagogies emphasize the local, and acknowledge multiple and relational knowledge systems, produced both through the scientific method, and through lived experience and practice.
My scholarship, teaching, and institution-building work are bracketed by these positions and deliberately enmeshed in each other. I actively use all three types of engagements as the ground on which to experiment and work through ideas of planning as place-based pedagogy and shaping change in the worlds that I inhabit.