Co-Founder, Taiwan Reach-Out Association for Democracy
Chien-Ting Shih is a master student in Sociology at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, and a co-founder of Taiwan Reach-Out Association for Democracy. He serves as a youth delegate in Taichung City Council, and was a practitioner for “Participatory Budgeting in Taichung City” in 2016 and coordinated “The Participatory Budgeting for Migrant Worker in Taoyuan City” in 2017. He enjoys being an activist-researcher and bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?
I believe that people always love new things, as the participatory democracy. If the process of participatory democracy is not attractive or interesting enough, it might decrease the rate of participation and might limit the creativity of proposals from participants. The innovation methods shorten the distance between democracy and people. That’s the reason why innovations are important in participatory democracy.
What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?
I would like to see the various interesting practices which empowered people, and advocated the participatory democracy from bottom to top.