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?