Schedule an iPlan workshop with your group today!

Regional Planning Commission staff have been hard at work with the Epistemic Games Group at the UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research to develop this exciting and engaging tool. We will be using it at several workshops around the region in the coming months, and we hope you can join us!

The workshops are free, and light refreshments are provided! We invite you to contact us today to set up an iPlan workshop with your group.

What is iPlan?

iPlan is a simple computer game that puts players in the role of planners at the Regional Planning Commission and challenges them to come up with a future development map for the region that accommodates projected population and employment growth over the next 30 years. Players will work first independently, and then as a team, to navigate an interactive map and identify specific areas and development types on urban and undeveloped land across Dane County. Built-in “stakeholders” in the game will comment on submitted maps from the perspective of regional issues they care about. We will close each workshop with a facilitated discussion of preferences, strategies, and values and how they affected the kinds of maps players made.

Who can play?

We are looking for participants who are available for a one- to two-hour workshop in communities around Dane County. Players can be middle school-aged and up. Ideally, players will be citizens enthusiastically involved in community affairs, members of municipal councils or committees, or staff and decision makers from private, non-profit, or public entities involved in fields like public health, social justice, community/economic development, housing, land development, or other similar fields.

How can you host a workshop?

If you are a member of a group, organization, public committee or board, or other existing body, we hope you can host an iPlan workshop with your group! Contact Capital Area RPC community planner Matt Covert (MattC@capitalarearpc.org or (608) 283-1265) to schedule an iPlan workshop. We are happy to set up a workshop at a location and time that works for you and other members of your group.

A Greater Madison Vision will provide up to 15 simple, easy-to-use “Chromebook” laptop computers on which to run the game!

We also hope to host drop-in iPlan sessions prior to official meetings of city, village, and town councils and commissions. If you would are a member of such a group and would like an opportunity to try a fun, facilitated community engagement event with your constituents, contact us! We would be happy to work with you. For upcoming locations and dates, please visit our online calendar.

Visit our iPlan page to learn more about the game!