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Crowdsourcing and Urban Planning

Crowdsourcing is the gathering of ideas, content, voices, and services by leveraging the collective intelligence and wisdom of crowds.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (26 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2017
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  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. The Role of Crowdsourcing in Planning (2 mins)
  • 3. The Wisdom of Crowds (4 mins)
  • 4. Type of Crowdsourcing: Crowd Wisdom (1 min)
  • 5. Type of Crowdsourcing: Crowd Review (3 mins)
  • 6. Type of Crowdsourcing: Citizen Science (1 min)
  • 7. Opportunities (3 mins)
  • 8. The Challenges of Crowdsourcing (3 mins)
  • 9. Getting Started (3 mins)

Course Description

Crowdsourcing is the gathering of ideas, content, voices, and services by leveraging the collective intelligence and wisdom of crowds. Traditional top-down approaches to planning have proven ineffective when it comes to planning cities that are equitable, livable, sustainable, and that enhance the well-being of the various communities found in a city. As a result, planners must explore alternative methods of organizing that leverage our increased access to citizens and technology. Crowdsourcing is a plausible, meaningful, and creative solution to the many of the challenges and inefficiencies of traditional urban planning.

The purpose of this course is to introduce planners to crowdsourcing and how it can be of use in planning. The core focus of this course is to 1) introduce the concept of crowdsourcing, 2) discuss the various forms of crowdsourcing, and 3) the opportunities in utilizing crowdsourcing.

Learn these skills

  • Civic Engagement
  • Communications & Media
  • Research Methods

AICP CM

This course is approved for .5 AICP CM credit. 

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith

Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Community Engaged Research in the Office of Community Engagement in the Center for Population Health Sciences - School of Medicine at Stanford University.

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