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LOLCATS for City Planners

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Next week planners from across the country will be gathering for the National American Planning Association Conference in Los Angeles. I’ll be participating in several sessions, including APA’s Fast, Funny, and Passionate session, which is designed to entertain and educate. My pecha kucha is called “Pin, Post, and Push to Promote Planning.” The purpose is to share lessons about how planners can use social media to promote planning.

To get ready for the session, last week students at Ohio State University sent a survey out asking students and professionals from across the country for their ideas for how they would like to engage with APA and other professional organizations through social media platforms. We received lots of really great ideas. Many of the responses focused on creating fun ways to engage around planning topics. One creative student from Florida State University responded that we need more cats. Cats you may ask, what? Many of you may be familiar with the LOLCATS, a series of pictures of cats in silly locations asking for a cheeseburger. As soon as I saw this survey response, I knew that this would make it into my Fast, Funny, and Passionate session.

I had seen these cats, but asked friends on Facebook what they knew about LOLCATS. Cody Price, a planning student at Texas A&M University, sent me a link to the architectural LOLCATS, created by architecture students at UC Berkeley. Well, if architects have their own cats, why shouldn’t the planners! Myself and JohnGardocki, an undergrad city and regional planning student at Ohio State University, set out to create a series of LOLCATS for planners. Attend the Fast, Funny, and Passionate session to see our creations.

You are welcome to join us and submit your own City Planning LOLCAT at the following wordpress page, and suggest your own captions in the comments section below! Need help translating your captions, check out the LOLCATS translator. Now what caption should we put on this picture?

LOLcat on Main Street Bridge Columbus, OH

Take our poll of the day. What should the caption for this LOLcat be?

Discussion

9 thoughts on “LOLCATS for City Planners

  1. Thanks to Professor Kyle Ezell of Ohio State University for contributing the sprawl hating LOLCAT.

    Posted by planforsocialmedia | April 8, 2012, 1:46 pm
  2. Thanks to Jon for sharing city pictures that can be LOLCatted

    Posted by planforsocialmedia | April 8, 2012, 6:46 pm
  3. Thanks Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez for contributing the Minneapolis Public Art LOLCAT

    Posted by planforsocialmedia | April 8, 2012, 9:07 pm
  4. Thanks John Gardocki for contributing the MetroKitty and TimesSquare Cat.

    Posted by planforsocialmedia | April 8, 2012, 9:19 pm
  5. Thanks to Andrea Hong for volunteering to create more LOLCATS for city planning.

    Others sent us links to additional city planning LOLCATS http://greaterohio.org/blog/?p=1715 and http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?33473

    Posted by planforsocialmedia | April 9, 2012, 1:53 pm
  6. Thanks to the person that submitted City Sized Jellybean, I want to eat for the picture of cat looking into the millenium park in Chicago. Our next poll is now available.

    Posted by planforsocialmedia | April 10, 2012, 1:20 pm

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  1. Pingback: Fast, Funny, and Passionate LOLCATS in LA « APA Conference Blog - April 13, 2012

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