I snagged this as a friend of the Land Use Committee. Please pass it
along to anyone interested.
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Subject: Fwd: Call for Poster - Communicating Transportation Concepts
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:42:57 -0400
From: Jonathan Gifford <jgifford(a)GMU.EDU>
Reply-To: Jonathan Gifford <jgifford(a)GMU.EDU>
Please see the attached poster sessions on communicating with the
public from the Planning and Environment Group at TRB (which is our
committee's parent group). Thanks. -Jonathan
Jonathan Gifford, Professor & Director, Master's in Transportation
Policy, Operations & Logistics
School of Public Policy
George Mason University
3401 Fairfax Drive MS3B1
Arlington, VA 22201 U.S.A.
+1-703-993-2275 / fax +1-801-749-9198
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Date: September 20, 2007 6:49:44 PM EDT
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Subject: Call for Poster - Communicating Transportation Concepts
Please find attached to this email a call for poster being issued
by the Planning and Environment Group. Please distribute this call
to your members and friends.
Kimberly M. Fisher
Transportation Research Board
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Communicating with John and Jane Public !
Communicating Transportation Concepts to Non-Professional Audiences
Entries Due October 25
Transportation matters to the public. Congestion, neighborhood
land use decisions, and new transportation facilities really matter
to the public. But how many public meetings have you attended
where the transportation planner or engineer tries to explain
future level of service or higher density development only to lose
the audience. Or how many policy boards have listened to several
technical presentations on the merits of various transportation
alternatives and then asked Can you just tell us which is best?
Transportation professionals are all struggling with ways to
communicate critical transportation concepts to a non-technical
audience. Some have found tools, graphics, or just the right words
to explain a concept. However, despite our best efforts, opinion
research shows we face a skeptical public. We need fresh and
creative ideas and we need to share those ideas with the profession
at large. How can the public and press not just transportation
performance geeks get the picture?
Heres your chance to help make a difference.
The Transportation Research Boards Planning and Environment Group
is holding a competition to find top methods for communicating
transportation concepts to non-professional audiences. The
concepts could range across the transportation profession level
of service, transit oriented design, congestion, high density
residential development, travel demand, transportation demand
forecasting, alternative evaluation, average daily traffic
volumes. The communication forms we are interested in also range
widely --- graphics, illustrations, photos, software,
demonstrations, interactive exercises or games. The entries will
be evaluated by a panel of judges representing technical as well as
communication disciplines. The winner will be announced at the TRB
2007 Annual Meeting in Washington in January. The top ten entries
will be showcased in a poster session at the TRB Meeting, and
featured in a Transportation Research News article.
Who can submit an entry?
Students, professors, transportation professionals, journalists,
media and advertising specialists, and anyone else who might have
an interest. All are welcome!
What should my entry be?
Your entry should include an explanation of the communication tool
and the setting is designed for. Please limit your explanation to
about 200 words. The text and accompanying graphics,
illustrations, photos, software applications, or other
documentation should be in one of three files formats - pdf, Word
or PowerPoint files.
How will entries be judged?
A small group of transportation professional, journalists, and
communication specialists will judge the entries on difficulty of
the concept, how well the concept is communicated, and finally how
widely the concept is used in transportation planning.
When is my entry due?
On October 25, 2007. Winners will be notified November 15, 2007.
Where do I send the entry?
Who do I contact for more information?
Transportation Research Board