In order to design for our cities, our neighbourhoods, our family and friends, we must include them in the conversation. How do we encourage participation and meaningful discussion form a complete cross section of a particular area? Surveys are boring and social media is hit and miss for active participation. We have worked closely with stakeholders and the public to create engagements that encourage active listening, feedback, and genuine interaction in the process of designing our communities. Community by design, let's share some ideas.