New Creative Placemaking Webinars on Cultural Competency

Cultural competency is a set of skills that helps leaders work to change systemic oppression. Check out these two upcoming webinars by creative placemaking experts Leonardo Vazquez AICP/PP and Patricia Wilson, Ph.D. This pair of webinars will cover cultural competency in two parts: First, you’ll explore how human needs play into creative placemaking to support healing, recovery and resilience. The second part will explore the art and craft of fostering meaningful dialogue, learning, and action.

These live, interactive events are $20 each, and we’ll send you a recording afterwards. Register at cpcommunities.org/webinars .

*All webinars will be submitted for AICP/PP CM credits and will take place from 2-3 pm EASTERN unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, September 29: Culturally Competent Placemaking: Part 1 – Human Needs Placemaking

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

What makes people happy? They want their human needs met. In this webinar, we’ll explore what psychologists say are six universal human needs, and how creative placemakers can address them in their work. Understanding core human needs will help you understand not just what people say, but what they mean.

October 21: Culturally Competent Placemaking: Part 2 – Community Engagement and Triple Loop Learning

Presenter: Patricia Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, University of Texas Austin and author of Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe

Artful place-making requires skillful community engagement. Far more than facilitating question/answer sessions with stakeholders or the public, the practitioner must build a partnership of trust and mutual learning. Triple Loop Learning opens the practitioner’s awareness to this subjective side of community engagement. It develops the reflective skills to see what is really going on, what is needed in the moment, and how your own expertise may be creating obstacles to change. Dr. Patricia Wilson, author of The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe, shares stories of community engagement in challenging situations. Come explore the art and craft of fostering meaningful dialogue, learning, and action.

Presenter biographies:

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Leonardo Vazquez is the Founding Director of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and Director of Creative Placemaking for New England College. He has worked on social justice issues for more than 30 years as a journalist, urban planner, educator, and creative placemaker. He designed the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits, the Certificate in Creative Placemaking, Community Coaching and many other programs offered by NCCP.

He is author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals and is co-editor of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. He is a co-founder of the Latinos and Planning division of the American Planning Association, chairs the Sustainable Jersey Arts and Creative Culture Task Force, and sits on the Maplewood (NJ) Arts Council. He is the 2012 recipient of the American Planning Association’s National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in honor of Paul Davidoff.

Patricia A. Wilson

Patricia A. Wilson, Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas, Austin, teaches civic engagement, participatory action research, and international community development. Her field research in community-based change processes over three decades includes Latin America, South Africa, India, and the United States. A past president of Sociedad Interamericana de Planificación, she holds a B.A. from Stanford and a Ph.D. from Cornell. About her most recent book, The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from across the Globe (Routledge, 2019)