Global Partnerships Director, Commonplace
As a team of entrepreneurs, designers, technologists and urban planners, we’re making engagement more open, trusted and diverse. We are helping developers, councils, city managers and their communities to understand each others’ needs and communicate better. Traditional consultation can be manual, time intensive and a one-off snapshot. Our tools aim to provide an ongoing channel of understanding and collaboration. Customers use Commonplace to reveal issues and suggest solutions, as well as for statutory consultation and formal planning applications. We also help communities plan their neighbourhoods, co-design solutions and analyse the social impact of new development. By making local participation easy, we reach wider audiences and provide real-time dashboards to see ‘the heartbeat’ of an area. We encourage companies to adopt these approaches, and to be more open to collaboration – because it benefits them. After all, even major developers strive to meet less opposition and to become more agile in responding to people’s needs.