The RTPI's Map for England initiative was shared world-wide at
the World Town Planning Day online conference on 7th November.
This year's conference theme was Smart Communities
Peter Shand, the RTPI Map for England Project Officer, and 25
other speakers from all over the globe, came together to present
ways of applying information technology and social media to
planning. The key messages coming out of the conference were Share
and Consult: if we want to create the best possible communities, we
need to share information, and if want the best decisions based on
good information, we need to consult widely, using every possible
channel of communication: Web 2.0, Twitter, Facebook and
geo-tagging - though there is still a role for print media.
The RTPI is looking to develop the Map for England and is
seeking views. Please check out the Website for more details
about how to take part in the debate.
The WTPD online conference has been organised every November for
the past four years by the international departments of national
planning institutes in Australia, Canada, South Africa, USA and the
UK, working with the International Federation for Housing and
Planning and the Federación Ibero-Americana de Urbanistas: FIU,
which unites planners in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries
in Europe and Latin America.