Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson

Director of Teacher Professional Practice, Community|Learning|Design

Sean is a teacher who has worked to create democratic and equitable learning spaces in Chicago, Vermont, Mexico, and Wisconsin. He guides learning for and with technology and social understanding. He believes that young people must be empowered to control their own learning in collaboration with trusted communities.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

We need to rescue our community lives from their present state of disempowering, discouraging, disenfranchisement. I see the effects of life under bureaucratic authoritarianism every day as I work with youth in schools — and I see the powerful learning and engagement that happens when students are empowered to control their school lives in participatory democracy.

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

Networks of practitioners that can help us clarify our organization’s work, strategies and case studies that can inform our practice, and an uplifting spirit of camaraderie to keep us afloat through the hard work to come.