Managing Director, Participedia
Patrick L. Scully is president of Clearview Consulting LLC and managing director of Participedia. Before forming Clearview Consulting, Pat was executive vice president of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation and served as deputy director of its flagship program, Everyday Democracy, where he continues to be affiliated as a senior associate. Earlier in his career Pat served as a program officer and director of research at the Kettering Foundation, and as a project manager with The Harwood Group. Pat holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in social science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?
Fifty years from now, it is possible that the growing number and diversity of democratic innovations will be viewed as having introduced changes in democratic governance that were (to quote Mark E. Warren) “as revolutionary as the development of the representative, party-based democracy that evolved out of the universal franchise.” This scenario is a long shot, but it is well-worth trying. And as we continue to tinker and test new forms of participatory, democratic governance, it is essential that we try our best to understand what kinds of participatory processes exist, and what kinds work best for specific problems and issues, for specific goals, under specific circumstances.
What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?
I hope to meet new and old friends and potential collaborators, and to discover what practitioners and researchers around the world are learning.