John Taylor: Participatory Planning Methods in the Global South
Department of City and Regional Planning Professional Planning Colloquium
John Taylor (Pak John) is an urban planner and activist. He received his master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University in 2006. Taylor is the founder and director of the local Indonesian NGO Yayasan Kota Kita (YKK/Our City Foundation). The foundation's mission is to improve participatory planning and budgeting processes by making information available to citizens, thereby helping them understand and take advantage of the opportunities that come with urbanization. Yayasan Kota Kita has worked on a variety of different projects in Indonesia and also Mongolia, the most recent being a series of climate change vulnerability assessments in Makassar, Manado, and Pekalongan. Other areas of work include urban poverty, transportation, water, and governance. In addition, Taylor has served as a technical advisor on urban programs and research initiatives to UN-HABITAT Indonesia, Mercy Corps Indonesia, and the Asia Foundation Mongolia, and has worked in Angola, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Honduras on urban development and planning issues.
There will be a "talk back" session shortly after.