We're changing the culture of information sharing by local gov, giving everyone actionable information about projects near them. We're making it easier for planners to share information, and easier for communities to discover information and act on it. Because our tools are online, it's easy to get started, and we keep making improvements.
We want to see a big change in communication in planning. Our goal is genuine, two-way constructive conversation between planners and the communities they serve. Getting beyond the usual suspects, we want to see greater engagement from a more diverse population. Eventually, nobody should wonder what's going on or feel like they're missing from discussions.
OpenPlans is a 501(c)3. In addition to our current transportation and planning work, we previously incubated and launched Boundless (formerly OpenGeo), Streetfilms, Streetsblog, and Chalkbeat (formerly GothamSchools). Our previous open source software work has included substantial contributions to projects like OpenTripPlanner and OpenTripPlanner Analyst, and more.
Who's got OpenPlans?
Our day-to-day work is spent creating beautiful, effective online tools to gather public input and share information. We’re proud to have partnered with cities large and small on projects, and we have a great track record of making tangible steps towards a better planning process.
Shraddha works on setting up collaborative maps and helping planners make the most of community input.
Gina Chung Operations Manager
Gina takes care of financial operations and other important stuff for OpenPlans.
Mark Gorton (Founder and President),
Andrew Hoppin (New Amsterdam Ideas),
Joseph Lipman (Hospital for Special Surgery),
Christopher Tucker (Yale House Ventures),
Jennifer Walker (Joseph Brooke LLC)
All the software we build is open source.
Why open source?
Open source means that our code and processes are open. You can use our roadmap to see what we're going to build next, and you can get involved in re-using and improving our tools at github.com/openplans. We welcome participation in our projects and are grateful to everyone for their contributions of code, ideas, and feedback.
Because our software is open, everyone benefits from each improvement we make. Investments by cities in tools contributes to supporting a new generation of planning tools. We're proud to be giving municipal staff technology they can re-deploy themselves, building internal skills to be technology innovators.
We help neighborhood organizations get started with our tools, providing technical assistance and capacity building. We consider ourselves impartial, informed guides to the exciting world of civic technology. We’re also a convener and host for events that help advance ideas of progressive, tech-supported planning, including PlanningCamp and TransportationCamp. As an organization and individually, we strive to be good citizens in our home towns of New York City and Philadelphia.