Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC - Chicago) has launched its Chicago Plans workshop series, and partnered with ICA to co-design and lead the training workshops. The Chicago Plans workshop series is geared towards non-profit and community leaders and is designed to strengthen engagement and facilitation skills and support meaningful neighborhood engagement in place-based planning.
Chicago Plans is open to teams of up to three community leaders – including at least one full-time staff at a local community organization with a clear goal or vision specific to place-based planning. The cohort consists of 30 participants from across the city, including both seasoned community planners and leaders who are new to planning. Planning teams are all focused on communities within the City of Chicago.
LISC chose to partner with the ICA to transition from their previous planning trainings, generally focused around theoretical frameworks of the planning process, to a training focused on tools and methods for practical applications for participatory planning.
This is an exciting partnership for both organizations, and the series has received positive feedback from participants.