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All around the world, innovations in civic engagement and participatory democracy are transforming communities. We are bringing together more than 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders, and technologists to explore innovations that empower community members to make real decisions and directly participate in government. Join us!

The Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference will take place on March 8 - 10, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona - presented by the Center for the Future of Arizona, the Jefferson Center, the Katal Center, the Participatory Budgeting Project, the Participatory Governance Initiative at Arizona State University, Phoenix Union High School District, and the Policy Jury Group.

In order to plan a conference that's as participatory as the innovations we're exploring, we asked to hear from you!

We’ve enjoyed reviewing creative, engaging, and interactive proposals that focus on innovations in participatory democracy such as participatory budgeting, citizen juries and assemblies, and  key practices that connect civic engagement and deliberation with decision-making. Submissions closed December 1, 2017.

We're especially interested in proposals that:

  • are creative, engaging, and interactive;
  • showcase a diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds;
  • encourage interaction, discussion, and/or skill-sharing with session attendees;
  • are accessible to people of any background or experience level;
  • promote new collaborations among conference attendees.

Each session slot is 90 minutes long. Submissions closed December 1, 2017.

Please note that presenting at this conference does not guarantee free registration; you can register here. In the interest of economic accessibility, a limited number of scholarships will be available for participants in need of financial assistance.