In a new article for the American Planning Association, FFI’s Associate Director of Built Environment, Senchel Matthews, shares her journey navigating the messiness of the planning process. In the article, “Planning for Wellbeing Can Transform the Planner – and the Practice,” Senchel illustrates how planning for wellbeing has been a game-changer, helping to prioritize community needs over transactions so planners can be a catalyst for sustainable change.
In an article for Medium, FFI Founder and CEO Katya Fels Smyth shares a new name for an enduring phenomenon: wellbeing stripping. Because it's not just financial assets that are often drained from communities that can least afford it, as part of major development or public good projects.
Infrastructure investments aren’t neutral. Imagine a future where people’s wellbeing is the starting place for how decisions are made about what, where, when and even whether we build. Our new tool is a step towards that future.
We participated in an important conversation that explored how investing in the built environment can be used as a lever for decriminalizing mental illness, increasing public safety, enhancing civic participation, addressing inequities and improving public health