Here’s a clever use of tech. FastCompany reported on a new SimCity-like platform that allows communities to submit plans for development projects. If a resident objects to a development project in their own backyard, the tool requires users to put forth plans that meet pre-set housing targets… thus requiring people to bring solutions, not just “not in my back yard.” Called Balancing Act, it is already being used in cities in Northern California.
Why do we care?
While a very cool piece of tech, my interest in this was the approach. Empowering those with objections to offer alternatives. Instead of saying “we don’t want this one thing,” the system forces the objector to wrestle with challenges the decision maker is handling.
And that approach felt worth highlighting. Where are other places we could apply this? I’d offer that our entire space of services likely has areas this approach would work on. Don’t worry so much about needing the tech – consider the process.