Maurice Tosé II “Bear”

Maurice Tosé II “Bear”

Student Researcher, Elon University & City of Greensboro, NC

Maurice Tosé II “Bear” is a student researcher studying policy and economics at Elon University. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, his interests in democracy and government come from his exposure to policy, politics, and the presidency in nearby Washington, D.C. The recipient of an undergraduate honors fellowship at Elon, this opportunity has given him the ability to engage in an extensive research project on the Greensboro Participatory Budgeting Project. His evaluative study of the process for the city of Greensboro that examines its influence on civic engagement and political efficacy of particularly marginalized communities has received regional interest. Because of such, he has been invited to share his experience and findings at numerous venues, and make recommendations to leaders of other PB initiatives. After his graduation in May of 2018, he hopes to obtain a local government job to gain experience before going to graduate school for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He can be contacted at

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

At this time in history where the voices of the public are increasingly being suppressed and the decisions of elites made more and more in secret, it will require innovations in participatory democracy to offset these egregious oppositions to representation, diversity of thought, and equity for all citizens.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

At the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference I hope to see researchers, practitioners, public officials, policymakers and community leaders working together to share ideas and resources for groundbreaking ways to engage in neighborhood improvement, bring equity to their communities, and increase civic participation among residents.