Want to improve your village? Your town? Your city? Frustrated with conventional planning processes? A community planning event may be just what you have been waiting for. For a few, intensive days, everyone concerned gets an opportunity to have their say and be involved - residents, businesses, professionals and politicians. It's effective and it's fun - but how do you do it?From Nick Wates, the author of the hugely successful book, "The Community Planning Handbook", comes this manual - the first on the subject - which tells you how to organize community planning events - a cooperative and collaborative approach to planning that allows people from different walks of life to participate and work together creatively. The book is aimed at anyone from concerned individuals to community groups to professional planners in business and government interested in the potential of community planning to make a difference. It includes a step-by-step guide, detailed checklists and other tools for event organizers. The method is user friendly, flexible and easy to employ in any context from small neighbourhood improvements to major infrastructure and construction projects anywhere in the world.It is a comprehensive, practical guide to staging community planning weekends, 'action planning' workshops and other public engagement events.It contains full introduction, step-by-step guide, checklists, worksheets and innumerable ideas for staging successful planning events. Nick Wates has over 30 years of planning experience, is author of the highly acclaimed companion book "The Community Planning Handbook".