Michael Harris is a researcher and writer who has worked across numerous sectors including education, technology, innovation, government, public services and urban planning. His research interests have included reforming education to harness the latest technologies, how businesses and organisations innovate in radical new ways, rethinking public services to better serve people's needs, and challenging the closed development of government policy. Most recently he has focused on planning for future trends, such as climate change, population growth, and economic and technological disruption.
This book sets out an important agenda for the future of planning - spearheading long-term responses to the biggest challenges faced by our societies. Planners need to reassert their role as public advocates and influencers at the top table of local and national government, as well as reflecting the communities they serve. A crucial call-to-action for today's, and tomorrow's, planners. -Victoria Hills MRTPI, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute, UK We face massive planning challenges such as urban growth and climate change on the one hand and yet a denial of the urgency to forward plan on the other. In promoting `radical optimism', this book is a timely reminder to planners to `believe again in our ability to shape the future'. -Professor Barbara Norman, Professor of Design & Built Environment, University of Canberra, Australia A Future for Planning is a long-overdue call-to-arms for politicians, governments, environmentalists, social campaigners and planners to reassert themselves; it shows what can be achieved through a proactive planning regime that challenges hegemonic economic and political forces; and acts as a rallying-call to stand up against the dispossessed, with the marginalised and the polarised and use planning as a new political and democratic weapon. -Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Professor of Town Planning, Newcastle University, and Director of Newcastle City Futures, UK