Community Engagement and Empowerment through Social Science and Play


Science indicates that play naturally generates cooperative inquiry and collaborative problem-solving. This session explores how using social science and play in the design process fosters meaningful public participation and supports community empowerment. This interactive webinar will be a unique opportunity to both participate and observe these unique techniques, rooted in play.  

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Identify the origins of community planning and how public engagement was introduced to the design process.
  • Summarize the benefits and potential barriers to a wide range of community engagement techniques.
  • Discuss the science of play and its role in collaborative problem-solving.
  • Outline community engagement activity examples that thoughtfully support community empowerment, provide opportunities to build trust and empathy, and explore vision generating between stakeholders.