Fragile plans break down over time.  These plans don’t anticipate how technology could change travel and urban life.  Fragile plans extrapolate a continuation of past trends rather than a projection of future changes. Over time, a fragile plan’s guidance becomes less useful, and it is retired to the shelf.

Agile plans consider many future scenarios, including those that differ substantially from historic trends. Agile plans are resilient and adaptive.   An agile plan continues to guide a planning organization’s learning over time, building in decision points for future actions.

Join us for a 2.5-day conversation on how big open data, civic innovation, and continuous learning will shape how planners respond to the challenges of urban and regional change

Featured Speakers


Bill Fulton
Bill FultonDirector of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University
Hasan Ikhrata
Hasan IkhrataExecutive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
Steve Heminger
Steve HemingerExecutive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Sandra Rosenbloom
Sandra RosenbloomEditor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin

Managing the Planning Organization to Manage Change

At this year's Symposium, we'll take a deep dive into how planning organizations make internal adjustments to thrive in an era of accelerating change.
Noon – 1:30 PM Optional lunch (à la carte ticket)
1:30 – 1:50 PM Welcome and Symposium Overview
1:50 – 2:25 PM Changes Faced in Urban and Regional Planning
2:25 – 3:30 PM Psychology of Change; Context in Urban and Regional Planning
3:30 – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 – 5:30 PM Moving Targets in Goods Movement
5:30 – 6:30 PM Check-in and reception
6:30 – 8:00 PM Dinner
8:00 – 9:30 PM Agile Planning: Learning from Startups and Technology
9:30 – 11:00 PM Informal reception

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7:45 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 – 10AM Confronting Gradual Change
10:00 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Refocusing Planning: The Mainstreaming of Public Health and Environmental Goals
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 PM Managing Transportation Change
3:00 – 5:30 PM Free time
5:30 – 6:30 PM Reception
6:30 – 8:00 PM Dinner
8:00 – 9:30 PM Technology-Driven Cities and Regions
9:30- 11:00 PM Informal reception

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7:45 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00  – 10:30 AM Leveraging Innovations in Urban planning
10:30 – 11 AM Break
11:00 AM – noon Reflections
noon – 1:30 PM Concluding lunch

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