Alexander Kolokotronis

Alexander Kolokotronis

Founder and Board Director | Student Organization for Democratic Alternatives (SODA)

Alexander is a PhD student in political science at Yale University, where he is an active member of UNITE-HERE Local 33, the union of graduate employees. His broad research focuses on participatory democracy and workers’ self-management. His current primary focus is on the concept of the general strike, as well as on participatory democracy in public schools. Alexander has an M.A. in Philosophy from City University of New York. He is the Founder and Board Director of Student Organization for Democratic Alternatives (SODA). With SODA he has coordinated or assisted in the implementation of four PB processes at City University of New York.

As Student Coordinator of NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives and Worker Cooperative Development Assistant at Make the Road New York (MRNY), he advocated for passage and subsequent enhancement of the Worker Cooperative Development Initiative (WCBDI) and aided in developing worker cooperatives. He has also written on issues related to municipalism, worker cooperatives, union democracy, and the Rojava Revolution, for popular publications such as ROAR Magazine, New Politics, Truthout and In These Times.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Participatory democracy produces impacts in the immediate term and builds popular power well into the future. Innovations in participatory democracy are key to elevating participatory democracy’s ability to deliver on both of these promises.

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

I am looking forward to connecting with more youth across the country. I am eager to find ways to find out how we can support each other, as well as build lasting institutions of participatory democracy. I am also excited to learn about other participatory democratic institutions—like Citizen Juries and other sortation processes—to figure out ways to incorporate them into my own advocacy and work.