The Future of Cities and Regions

Part of the series Springer Geography pp 45-64


Communities at the Crossroads: Using MetroQuest to Help Communities Create Consensus Around a Vision of the Future

  • Mike WalshAffiliated withMetroQuest Email author 
  • , Sarah BurchAffiliated withEnvironmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

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This chapter describes an innovative tool and process, MetroQuest, for engaging non-expert stakeholders in a meaningful way in the discussion and process of long-range planning for cities and regions. Rooted in participatory scenario-based backcasting approaches to sustainability research that blend quantitative and qualitative analysis MetroQuest enables a broader and richer engagement program than is the norm, as described and explored via two case studies. In both Fort St. John, British Columbia and Chicago, Illinois MetroQuest allowed planning professionals and stakeholder engagement facilitators to create rich discussions via group workshops, that were complemented with individual engagement experiences delivered via web and kiosk. The chapter discusses the successes and shortcomings of this approach.


Stakeholder engagement Regional planning Backcasting Sustainability