Open Plans Home

Last modified 2006-06-02 – Welcome to, a free wiki-based community organizing and project management tool.

OpenPlans, a site dedicated to helping communities organize virtually to effect real world change, is currently running a beta testing version of the software here at  The site will continue to evolve as we roll out bug fixes, new features, and enhanced functionality.

OpenPlans is wiki-based. This means that most pages are editable by members of the site. Membership is free and it takes just seconds to register. Once you log in, you may start your own project or contribute to an existing one. We hope you use OpenPlans to share information, coordinate tasks, and build momentum around your project.

OpenPlans is the work of The Open Planning Project (TOPP), a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing citizen and public interest group participation in community planning processes through technology. TOPP imagines OpenPlans as a free, hosted, and shared suite of community organizing tools, and we look forward to providing you with an ever-increasing toolkit for getting things done.

We will soon be adding a user’s guide. In the meantime, logged in users can visit our Sandbox project to experiment with using the system.  Once in the sandbox, click the “edit” tab to change the text and layout of the page.  You can link to existing pages in the project by enclosing the page title in double parenthesis.  You can also create new pages this way; if you enclose text that does not match an existing page title in double parenthesis, this text will become an “add link”, which will create the new page when followed.

Let us know what you think using our contact form; we love and need your feedback and suggestions for improvement.

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