What We Do
For three decades, Planners Network has been a voice for progressive professionals and activists concerned with urban planning and social and environmental justice. PN members have a wide range of interests – including environmental justice, community economic development, housing, and globalization. And they come from a variety of backgrounds – community organizers, social justice activists, professional planners, academics, and students. But what all PN’ers have in common is a commitment to work toward greater equity and fundamental change in how decisions are made in our global society.
Progressive Planning Magazine
Since 1975, PN has been publishing a newsletter for its members. In 2002, the bi-monthly newsletter grew into a 48-page quarterly magazine. Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network seeks to be a means for networking among members, a source of innovative ideas, and a forum for controversial policy questions neglected in mainstream planning circles. We have a volunteer Editorial Board and a few paid assistants, but the magazine is still a work in progress.
www.plannersnetwork.org is our award-winning website. Redesigned in 2004, and again in 2005, the website includes the Progressive Planning magazine archives, PN news, member updates, events, publications, organizations, jobs, and fellowships/grants. The website also includes contact information for local chapters and PN university representatives.
After the magazine switched to a quarterly format, PN started publishing a monthly electronic newsletter to update members on more time-sensitive information. The newsletter compiles news and resources submitted to the website and magazine.
PN maintains email listservs for online communication. PN-NET is a general list for members to post and respond to queries, list job postings, and share resources and event announcements. PNStudents is a new listserv for progressive planning students to exchange ideas and experiences, share work and study opportunities, and discuss university organizing. Some PN chapters have also set up local listservs.
The PN conference has been held annually almost every summer since 1994. These gatherings combine speakers and workshops with exchanges involving local communities. PN conferences engage in discussions that help inform political strategies at the local, national, and international levels. Recent conferences have been held in Holyoke, MA ; Toronto ; East St. Louis ; New York City ; and Pomona, CA. The 2005 conference was heldin Minneapolis.
PN Presence at Professional Conferences
PN gives progressive ideas a voice in the mainstream planning profession by organizing sessions at annual conferences of the American Planning Association, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. PN members also participate at INURA [http://www.inura.org] conferences.
In many cities, members have organized PN chapters and planning activist groups to network and take action at the local level. Local chapters are independent groups that promote the PN principles of social, economic, and environmental justice at the local level.
PN students and professors advocate for more progressive planning education at their schools and nationwide. The PN Disorientation Guide is a new attempt to engage students in reshaping professional planning education.
PN is also a member of the Habitat International Coalition. More information is availablehere [http://www.hic-net.org].