Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Building 3 Level 2, Meeting Room 21
8 Somapah Road 
28 March 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Brown Bag Lunch Talks


The need to create inclusive cities has in recent years become a topic of great relevance, and has drawn heightened attention to the need for residents to participate in decisions about how their cities should be planned and governed. This call for public participation has also become embedded in new dialogues such as smart cities, which paired together with the use of digital engagement platforms, make these open innovation processes increasingly efficient and broad-reaching.

However, one of the core challenges is that despite increasingly sophisticated efforts to engender participation, we still have relatively low-grade tools to assess and incorporate the ideas that are received from participation. This leads to the question: to what extent does public participation stimulate useful or novel inputs into decision-making processes? This talk will review theoretical as well as empirical insights based on an evaluation of the ideas generated during a city-wide visioning exercise in Louisville, Kentucky (USA).

To help make the conversation more interactive, please do take 3-4 minutes in advance to evaluate six of the ideas proposed by Louisville residents using the following link:

Non-attendees are invited to participate in this evaluation as well!

About the Speaker

Julienne Chen is a Senior Research Associate in the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, where she focuses her research on cities, innovation and community engagement. In particular, her interests lie at the intersection of urban planning, government innovation and public service delivery. Previously, Julienne held leadership positions within the City of Los Angeles and City of Louisville Innovation Teams, where she collaborated closely with city agencies and local residents to design and implement new city services and programmes.


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