Diana Dajer

Diana Dajer

Social Entrepreneur | University of Oxford, Policentrico

Diana is a social entrepreneur working in the intersection between social innovation, citizen engagement and peacebuilding. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, a Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Research for Action Awardee, and the director and founder of Policéntrico, a startup to foster sustainable development in Colombia using participatory methodologies and experimentation. Social inclusion and democratic innovation in post-conflict societies is Diana’s biggest professional, academic and personal interest, and her career is rooted in Colombia and Latin America’s state-building efforts, working in projects involving human rights, political and civic participation, and democratic innovation.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

In the era of artificial intelligence, social media and internet, innovations in participatory democracy are tools that may increase citizens’ empowerment to tackle polarization, social exclusion, and inequality. Yet, these innovative tools could also be a double-edged sword, with the capacity of deepening society’s most pressing problems. In this context, the importance of innovations in participatory democracy is as significant, as the study of their effects and the design of strategies to unleash their positive effects and undiscovered potential.

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

Innovations in participatory democracy are a vehicle that has allowed millions of people to have a voice over their future. What are the cutting-edge innovations of 2018 in participatory democracy? Who are the people behind those tools? What are their lessons? I look forward to attend the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference to discuss the answer to some of these questions with an outstanding network of innovators worldwide, committed to improve democracy.