Our “SECRET SAUCE” is Crowdsourced Placemaking (CSPM), a grassroots, bottom-up approach to community engagement. Proactive, inclusive and impactful community outreach enables city leaders to gauge the public reaction throughout the course of the revitalization process. Shortly after the designation by the municipality of a Master Developer, the community engagement process begins with the Master Developer immediately opening and supporting a community informational office staffed by local residents.
Stakeholders work together to launch a community-based portal, self-named by the stakeholders, enabling community members to join this collaborative process. Each community member is required to sign, either electronically or in person, a Triple-Bottom-Line agreement that the development ideas which they suggest must be socially, environmentally and economically responsible – difficult to argue with those rules. Once posted, the Master Developer will do a feasibility study on the largest vote-getters for the purpose of gauging the impact of these Triple-Bottom-Line development ideas.