The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee is underway with an effort to weave several strategic plans for the city into one comprehensive document. Plan 2020 organizers say it focuses on “what type of city we want to be” by Indianapolis' 200th anniversary. Deputy Director Brooke Thomas says the plan will examine topics ranging from economic opportunity to safety and quality of life.
September 25, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — Plan 2020, the Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis, will start using MindMixer, an online engagement tool that creates a forum for Indianapolis residents to have meaningful conversation with their leaders and peers. Plan 2020 will use MindMixer to generate ideas, gather valuable feedback and measure the impact of a community’s contributions in a productive, two-way dialogue.
MindMixer is an online platform that provides opportunities for government and citizens to work together by connecting civic challenges to community problem-solvers. The MindMixer platform allows members of the community to contribute from their own homes and on their own schedules, we believe that we will be able to engage a broader audience. We want your ideas, your feedback, your comments and your point of view. Together, we can build a better community!
The questions posed by MindMixer will evolve and change to reflect the conversations taking place within Plan 2020’s process. Indianapolis residents can add their own ideas, photos or videos. Participants can see, step-by-step, where their ideas stand in the Plan 2020 drafting process and will know who on the Plan 2020 team is listening to their feedback and implementing their ideas.
“Values are the foundation on which we make both personal as well as collective decisions. They're the base for Plan 2020,” said Brad Beaubien, Planning Administrator for Plan 2020. The feedback we receive through MindMixer will affirm whether Plan 2020 is addressing values that the Indianapolis community cares about. “Members of the Plan 2020 project team are able to check the progress of the site and find out how many people are engaging.”
MindMixer is directly accessible to anyone with internet access and is one of the ways Plan 2020 is redefining public engagement in Indianapolis. “We understand that some residents do not have the opportunity to come to Plan 2020 meetings or visit The Hall. MindMixer gives the community a chance to provide feedback on Plan 2020 and Indianapolis on their own schedule,” said Beaubien. “Our goal is to provide numerous channels for engagement that are accessible regardless of your work schedule, income level or status.”
The Indianapolis community can explore Plan 2020’s MindMixer page by visiting www.plan2020.com/mix
The community can also engage with Plan 2020 in the following ways:
• Visit The Hall – The Hall (old City Hall) is the planning hub for Plan 2020. The Hall hosts non-traditional public meetings, forums, events and activities to spur innovative thinking about the future of Indianapolis.
• Take the Plan 2020 Survey – This survey asks important framing questions that will help the Plan 2020 team understand what the community wants Indianapolis to become in 2020 and beyond. The questions will also inform the development of the City of Indianapolis' Consolidated Plan, which stipulates how community development investments are made. Take the survey here – http://plan2020.questionpro.com/
• Volunteer for the Plan 2020 Street Team – The Plan 2020 Street Team helps engage the Indianapolis community in discussions about the future of the Circle City. For more information on joining the team, email Alex Miser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Plan 2020
Plan 2020, the Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis, defines a new approach to planning in Indianapolis. Plan 2020 meshes community vision, values and strategy with an unprecedented, coordinated update to core city government plans. The plan is a collaboration between the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Department of Metropolitan Development and community leaders to make Indianapolis a better place to live, work and visit.
Source: Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee