Conference Schedule

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Wednesday, March 7th

Wed, Mar. 7th 9:00am - 5:00pm

Pre-Conference Training Options

  • Introduction to Participatory Budgeting (PB) | COOR LI-84
  • Advanced Participatory Budgeting (PB) | COOR LI-18
  • Citizens Juries, Citizens Assemblies, Sortition, and More | WEST HALL 135

Includes:

  • Breakfast from 9:00am - 9:30am
  • Lunch from 1:00pm- 2:00pm

Thursday, March 8th

Thurs, Mar. 8th 9:00am - 10:00am

Central High School Auditorium: Conference registration and breakfast in Phoenix, AZ

 

Thurs, Mar. 8th 10:00am - 12:00pm

Welcome Session with:

  • Representative Lela Alston | Legislative District 24 & Phoenix Union High School District Board Member)
  • Dr. Chad Gestson | Superintendent, Phoenix Union High School District
  • Shari Davis | Director of Strategic Initiatives, Participatory Budgeting Project

Opening Panel with:

  • Recorder Adrian Fontes | Maricopa County
  • Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval | Student Support Services Manager, Phoenix Union High School District
  • High school students and teachers from Phoenix Union High School District
    • Jennifer Abarca, Bioscience High School Student
    • Vanessa Gonzalez, Bioscience High School Student
    • Stephanie Gonzales, Central High School
    • Francisco, Central High School
    • Andrew Chavez, Central High School Teacher
    • Christopher Ogelsby, Carl Hayden Vice Principal
    • Arely Gomez, Carl Hayden High School Student
    • Alma Orozco, Carl Hayden High School Student
    • Giselle Cibrian, Carl Hayden High School Student

 

Thurs, Mar. 8th 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Vote Walkthrough to tour the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Vote at Central High School

 

Lunch Thurs., Mar. 8th 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Meet & Eat Small Group Sessions

*Note: This lunch will not be provided, but we will suggest multiple local restaurants to eat at with your meet & eat small group.

 

Lunch Thurs., Mar. 8th 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Title:

  • Research and Participatory Democracy

Lunch Lead:

  • Jake Carlson | Sociology PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Research Fellow, Participatory Budgeting Project

Lunch Location:

  • TBD (local restaurant in Phoenix)

Lunch Thurs., Mar. 8th 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Title:

  • Legalize it: Let's discuss lobbying for participatory democracy

Lunch Lead:

  • Tyrone Reitman | Founding Director, Policy Jury Group

Lunch Location:

  • TBD (local restaurant in Phoenix)

 

Lunch Thurs., Mar. 8th 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Title:

  • Polarities of Democracy Theory & You!
    Discuss the origins of the Polarities of Democracy theory; how the theory is being used around the world to build healthy, sustainable, and just communities; and tools you can use to strengthen citizen engagement in participatory democracy initiatives.

Lunch Lead:

  • Bill Benet | Dissertation Chair, Walden University

Lunch Location:

  • TBD (local restaurant in Phoenix)

 

Lunch Thurs., Mar. 8th 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Title:

  • Lunch with the Mayor

Lunch Lead:

Lunch Location:

  • TBD (local restaurant in Phoenix)

 

Lunch Thurs., Mar. 8th 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Title:

  • Bringing PB to Your School
    Debrief what you observed and learned at Central High School Vote. Hear more about PB in Schools across the US. Thinking about PB in your school community? This is a great space to discuss with other practitioners.

Lunch Lead:

Lunch Location:

  • TBD (local restaurant in Phoenix)

 

Block 1 Thursday, March 8th, 3-4:30pm

UCENT 480A: Imagine what is possible - The role of creativity in democracy

Learn about national creative placemaking efforts and how they are supporting the building of civic culture. Understand how forms of expression can support belonging, respond to crisis, and ultimately create equitable communities. Deeply consider how creativity can be used to activate the imagination of citizens in their own communities.

  • Matthew Slaats | PhD student at UVA in Civic Creativity
  • Jason Schupbach | Director of the Design School at ASU
  • Greg Esser | Design School at ASU
  • Caron Atlas | Director of Arts and Democracy

 

Block 1 Thursday, March 8th, 3-4:30pm

UCENT 880N: Equity in Participatory Budgeting Program Design

Understand why you should engage people in fiscal processes, and how to design with equity. This session will review elements of design thinking and challenge participants to go through discussions and activities together that allow for learning to design a process to promote equity and understand the importance of public participation in fiscal management. We'll also look at Toronto Community Housing, where public housing residents recently helped redesign a stalled PB process in order to renew engagement and a sense of community ownership.

  • Amy Nguyen | Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle, Community Programs Strategic Adviser
  • Kraig Cook | Participatory Budgeting Program Coordinator at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle
  • Won No | Participatory Governance Initiative, Arizona State University
  • Ana Paula Pimentel Walker | University of Michigan, Department of Urban & Regional Planning
  • Gail Johnson | Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  • Facilitator: Ginny Browne | Senior Manager of Network Building, Participatory Budgeting Project

Block 1 Thursday, March 8th, 3-4:30pm

UCENT 705: Using art to explore participatory democracy work and connections

In this interactive workshop, we will use art to explore our own connections to participatory democracy, what led us to our work on improving our democracy, and what we each offer to the field. We’ll explore how we are connected in our communities and how we might connect with others to strengthen participatory democracy.

  • Annie Rappeport | University of Maryland, College Park, PhD Student and Research Assistant
  • Cassandra J. Hemphill, | Missoula College of the University of Montana, Adjunct Faculty; IAP2 Federation, Professional Development Manager
  • Courtney Breese | National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), Managing Director
  • Keiva Hummel |  Communications Coordinator, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
  • Facilitators: Keiva Hummel & Courtney Breese

 

Block 1 Thursday, March 8th, 3-4:30pm

UCENT 263: It’s not about the money (and we wanna make the world dance)

We offer a interactive session including a game that we designed in the city of Breda in the Netherlands. This game is about a open and transparent process that creates an open dialogue. Participants will learn about how we make democracy fun and about online and offline tools to create strong communities.

  • Suzanne van der Eerden | Netherlands
  • Petra Ramakers | City of Breda

 

Block 1 March 8th, 3-4:30pm

UCENT 822A: School PB & Youth in PB from Phoenix to Chicago to NYC

Learn about the main accomplishments and strategies to implement school PB and include youth in PB in an interactive session with experts that have been directly engaged with the process in three cities.

  • Madison Neanover | Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Vanessa Gonzalez | Phoenix Union High School District
  • Thea Crum | Director of Neighborhoods Initiative,  UIC Great Cities Institute
  • Ericka Hamilton | Teacher,  Al Raby High School, Chicago
  • Becky Aleman | Friends of the High Line
  • Myrna Cabán Lezcano | Friends of the High Line
  • Facilitators: Daniel Schugurensky | Director, Participatory Governance Initiative, Arizona State University and Ali Cohen

 

Block 1 March 8th, 3-4:30pm

UCENT 580A: Up for deliberation using digital tools

While in-person engagement is necessary for public participation, there is also a critical role for digital tools to deepen engagement, increase access, and provide spaces for deliberation. What platforms can help make decisions in community to strengthen participatory democracy? Hear from three companies that have worked to develop deliberative tech to help people make important decisions (Conteneo, Common Ground for Action and Community Crit).

  • Narges Mahyar | UC San Diego, Postdoctoral research fellow
  • Kara Dillard |Department of Sociology, University of Washington - Lecturer
  • Amy Lee | Kettering Foundation
  • Neel Desai | Partvote
  • John Richardson | Ethelo
  • David Fridley | Founder & CEO; Synaccord, LLC
  • Pre-session video: Mi Vote, Adam Jacoby, Australia, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uc7wrraiP0
  • Facilitator: Hadassah Damien | Director of Data & Technology, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 1 March 8th, 3-4:30pm

UCENT 620A: Applying Participatory Democracy Approach to Justice Issues: Initial Experiences

Share initial models and experiences of participatory approaches to justice and justice reform. Define ways in which participatory democracy approaches can be applied to criminal justice reform.

  • Katy Rubin | Founder & Executive Director, Theater of the Oppressed NYC
  • Lola Rainey | Tucson Second Chance Community Bail Fund
  • Simone Levine | Courtwatch NOLA
  • Facilitator: gabriel sayegh | Katal Center

 

Thurs, Mar. 8th 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Keynote Conversation and Networking at Concho Room - Westward Ho, Downtown Phoenix

  • Real Community Engagement and BIG Transformation
    • Lattie Coor
    • Katy Rubin, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
    • Jose Ribeiro, Mayor of Valongo
    • Jacinta Ojevwe, Coro Youth Fellow, PBNYC

 

Thurs, Mar. 8th 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) Fundraiser at Phoenix Alwun House

Friday, March 9th

Mar. 9th 9:00am - 10:00am

WEST HALL 135: Breakfast with conference registration

 

Block 2 March 9th 10:00am - 11:30am

Payne LI-27: Starting PB

In this session you will learn about how to initiate a new PB project, explore the challenges and solutions around data collection and analysis, and tips and tools to kick off your PB process.

Block 2 March 9th 10:00am - 11:30am

Payne LI-20: Community Data Storytelling for Action

In this hands-on workshop participants will develop skills in community data communication.

  • We will start with “the why”, a brief discussion about the difficult decisions facing the communities you serve and breaking into small groups grappling with similar decisions.
  • We will then talk about “the what”, sharing some of the data resources that might inform those decisions.
  • Next we will describe “the how”, identifying the steps taken to address community needs with a quick concept diagram.
  • Finally we’ll use these three elements to craft posters that communicate directly to the needs of the communities you serve.
  • Bitsy Bentley | myPB.community Product Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

Block 2 March 9th 10:00am - 11:30am

Payne LI-24: We the People vs. Corporate Rule

In this session you will learn the hidden history of how corporations came to have so much power, how people's movements have successfully changed law and culture in the past to build people power and how we can build a mass democracy movement today. You'll also learn about the legal framework for benefit companies, understand  the call for community stakeholder engagement and learn about participatory governance models.

  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap | National Director, Move to Amend
  • Patsy Kraeger, PhD | Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
  • Juan-Pablo Guerrero | Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency
  • Facilitator: Francesco Tena | Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 2 March 9th 10:00am - 11:30am

Payne 205: More enlightened communities are more participatory

Hear first-hand from an elected official in Portugal who has made civic engagement a cornerstone of the way Valongo does business. His first point is that community members have to understand how government works to engage with it. Learn about his approach and key initiatives that have had huge results and connect to a nationwide  example of participatory budgeting.

  • Facilitator: Shari Davis | Director of Strategic Initiatives, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 2 March 9th 10:00am - 11:30am

Payne 208: Democratizing College Campuses through Participatory Processes

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the practical side of institutionalizing participatory democracy within spaces that are not democratically run, by demonstrating how participatory budgeting has been implemented on college campuses. Through first-hand accounts, you will see how students can build and sustain capacity for the advocacy and implementation of participatory democratic processes, and how faculty-initiated projects can enhance student benefits and provide career support. You will also learn about the lasting impact of these processes and the various ways they can be replicated and sustained.

  • Geoffrey Gonsher | Arizona State University
  • Alexander Kolokotronis | Students Organizing for Democratic Alternatives & Yale University
  • Susan Kalaz | Students Organizing for Democratic Alternatives & City University of New York Graduate Center
  • Jenni Innes | City University of New York Brooklyn College
  • Facilitators: Ali Cohen | High School Student, Chandler Prep, and Melissa Appleton | Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

Block 2 March 9th 10:00am - 11:30am

Payne LI-32: Civic Health and Empathy-Based Community Development

In this workshop, the Center for the Future of Arizona comes together with two of their key partners – the office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ENI) at Arizona State University and School Connect – to discuss the state of civic health in Arizona and teach methods for addressing community needs using design thinking and asset-based methodologies. Come away from this workshop with both contextualized understanding of community development and practical tools for your own work.

  • Karen Nielsen | CFA
  • Kristi Tate | CFA  
  • Tracey Beal  | School Connect AZ
  • Jill Hicks | School Connect AZ
  • Alexis Vollmer Rivera | Graduate Research Assistant, Center for the Future of Arizona Civic Engagement Team
  • Nicholas Matula | Program Coordinator Sr., Youth Entrepreneurship, Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation, Arizona State University
  • Monica Trejo | Program Coordinator Sr., Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation
  • Facilitator: Madison Neanover | Civic Engagement Assistant, Center for the Future of Arizona

Block 2 March 9th 10:00am - 11:30am

Payne LI-23: Exploring New Directions to Advance Participatory Approaches to Justice

Strengthen connections and lines of communication among organizations doing or interested in doing/supporting participatory approaches to addressing justice issues. Lay the groundwork for further collaboration and demonstration projects

Josh Lerner | Participatory Budgeting Project

Simon Cameron | COSLA

Amanda Alexander | Detroit Justice Center

Facilitator: Jesse Jannetta | Urban Institute

 

Snack + Coffee Break

WEST HALL 135: Rest, recharge, reconnect!

 

Block 3 March 9th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Payne LI-27: Creative Civic Engagement - SMS Outreach, Digital Ballots, and Secure Votes

Different means of engagement lead to different voter turnout populations, which are important considerations as we build equity-centered strategies. As PB communities expand, how do we modify our outreach approaches? In this session we will discuss the merits of various voting mechanisms and learn unconventional ways of growing PB community engagement beyond voting campaigns.

  • Facilitator: Bitsy Bentley | myPB.community Product Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 3 March 9th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Payne LI-32: Lessons in reforming democracy: A dialogue between citizen juries and participatory budgeting

Hear from leading experts on participatory budgeting and citizen juries and assemblies, and discuss the differences and similarities across them. Learn new approaches from different models, to help improve your work.

  • Oriol Vidal-Aparicio | Arizona State University
  • Tyrone Reitman | Founding Director, Policy Jury Group
  • Camille Morse Nicholson | Program Coordinator, Jefferson Center
  • Chris Ellis  | Director of Business Development, MASS LBP
  • Josh Lerner | Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting Project
  • Daniel Schugurensky | Director, Participatory Governance Initiative, Arizona State University

Block 3 March 9th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Payne LI-24: ECAST I: Lessons from ECAST Network

Learn about ECAST’s model of public engagement around socio-technical issues, including how ECAST partners have dealt with challenges associated with developing forums both accessible to a lay audience and useful to clients. Explore the rich outputs of these engagement efforts and how to integrate them into decision-making and policy frameworks. Contribute to discussions regarding how this model can be improved and applied to other contexts.

  • Nicholas Weller | Graduate Research Associate, Arizona State University
  • Mahmud Farooque | NASA’s Asteroid Initiative, Arizona State University
  • Ira Bennett |  NASA’s Asteroid Initiative, Arizona State University
  • David Sittenfeld | Museum of Science Boston
  • David Tomblin | University of Maryland, College Park
  • Richard Worthington | Pomona College

 

Block 3 March 9th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Payne 205: Secrets of Civic Crowdfunding

In this session, you will:

1) learn the basics of crowdfunding

2) begin to understand why and how governments, organizations, and residents all over the U.S. are working together to fund and create civic projects

3) develop a plan for leveraging civic crowdfunding and engaging your supports in your work to meet your long-term goals or strategy

  • David Weinberger | City Partnerships Director, ioby
  • Harvir Kaur | Individual Giving Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 3 March 9th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Payne 208: More than youth engagement - advocating for lowering the voting age

In this session, you will walk away with: 1) a framework for understanding the mutual reinforcement between Action Civics and youth political participation; 2) case studies (shareable examples) of how Action Civics and campaigns to lower the voting age have worked in practice; 3) an opportunity to meet stakeholders and build relationships working at the intersection of Action Civics and youth political participation; 4) advocacy strategies for implementing Action Civics and deepening youth political participation in specific issue areas; and 5) interactive opportunities to practice advocating for issues in your community with elected officials.

  • Andrew Wilkes | National Director of Policy and Advocacy, Generation Citizen
  • Ana Licona | Leadership Development Coordinator, Mi Familia Vota
  • Eduardo Sainz | Arizona State Director, Mi Familia Vota
  • Nicolette Del Palacio, Integrative Voter Engagement Organizer, Mi Familia Vota
  • Facilitator: Francesco Tena | Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

Block 3 March 9th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Payne LI-20: From Evidence to Action: Using Research to Promote Youth Participation

What are the ways in which youth participate in politics abroad? How can national-level policies encourage youth participation? How can the international community best promote youth participation? This interactive workshop will engage with the research on and reality of youth participation in politics. Hear from the the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (IRI) about various programs designed to empower youth around the world, followed by cross-national evidence on youth participation and the policies designed to encourage youth engagement in politics. Finally, youth activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jordan will lead individual breakout sessions to discuss how they have engaged with politics and brainstorm with their group how to promote participatory democracy.  In sum, prepare to explore the nexus of youth programming, research, and activism to better understand the dynamics of youth political participation. The diversity of viewpoints among the speakers and audience will be leveraged to generate new ideas about youth participation that can be applied across country contexts.

  • Bret Barrowman – International Republican Institute – IRI.org
  • Rachel Mims | Program Officer, National Democratic Institute
  • Dejan Raden | Youth Work Manager, PRONI Center for Youth Development from Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Khaldun Obeid | Youth representative from Jordan’s International Republican Institute office

 

Block 3 March 9th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Payne LI-23: Legislative Theatre: Watch, Act, Vote

Participate in a model Legislative Theatre session, from play to policy proposals to debate and voting; learn about successful impact on policy development and civic engagement through the Legislative Theatre process in New York City; and discuss applications for interactive, theatrical, fun and accessible policy-making in city governments, schools, neighborhoods and other institutions.

  • Katy Rubin | Founder & Executive Director, Theater of the Oppressed NYC

 

Lunch Fri., Mar. 9th 1:30pm - 3:00pm

WEST HALL 135: Unstructured Lunch with EXPO

 

Block 4 March 9th 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Payne LI-20: Advancing Racial Equity in Government Planning and Participatory Democracy

Deepen your understanding of how racism impedes efforts to create  participatory democracy; gain practical tools and examples of addressing structural racism within a range participatory democracy innovations; take away resources that enable you to use a racial equity lens in your own participatory democracy research or practice; become better informed about the use data and mapping in advocating for community investments, receive resources for further thought and study, particularly regarding effective communication about racism.          

  • Martha McCoy | Everyday Democracy
  • Sarita Turner | PolicyLink
  • John Dobard | Advancement Project
  • Facilitator: Shari Davis | Director of Strategic Initiatives, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 4 March 9th, 3-4:30pm

Payne LI-24: ECAST II: What is it like to be a lay expert?

Experience a variety of ECAST’s public engagement activities. Get a feel for what it is like for non-experts to engage with complex socio-technical issues. Explore complex, technical topics in an accessible and engaging way. Offer fePayneack and lessons for future public engagement efforts around socio-technical issues.

  • Richard Worthington
  • Nicholas Weller | Graduate Research Associate, Arizona State University
  • Darlene Cavalier | Founder, SciStarter & ScienceCheerleader

Block 4 March 9th 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Payne LI-32: Building Accountability and Transparency through PB

Understand how PB can help you build trust with the community, fight corruption and increase transparency and accountability of the administration.

  • Facilitator: Ashley Brennan | Program & Communications Coordinator, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 4 March 9th 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Payne LI-27: Making Participatory Democracy Fun!

Participants will develop critical understanding of the importance of games for public participation and PB. They will learn several new games and guidelines on how to customize activities for different audiences depending on their desired outcome. They will also learn how to facilitate and evaluate the effects and outcomes of gameplay.

  • César Silva | Co-Founder, ChangeTomorrow
  • Amanda Hudson | Ph.D. Student, Portland State University
  • Suzanne van der Eerden | Netherlands
  • Petra Ramakers | City of Breda
  • Diana Dajer | Social Entrepreneur at University of Oxford, Policentrico
  • Facilitator: Josh Lerner | Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 4 March 9th 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Payne 208: Emerging Practices & Experiences in Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

Hear the story of the Red Hook Initiative Participatory Action Research Team: Real Rite$’s participatory action research study and our results. Jump into an interactive, experience-based workshop to explore creative approaches & methods  for research and community-led programming.

  • Joseph Alston - Red Hook Initiative Participatory Action Research Team: Real Rite$
  • Maddy Fox - Red Hook Initiative Participatory Action Research Team: Real Rite$
  • Nisha Howard - Red Hook Initiative Participatory Action Research Team: Real Rite$
  • Catherine McBride - Red Hook Initiative Participatory Action Research Team: Real Rite$
  • Jennifer Tang - Intergenerational Change Initiative
  • Raiana Khan - Intergenerational Change Initiative
  • Jessica Barreto - Intergenerational Change Initiative

 

Block 4 March 9th 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Payne LI-23: Engaging Across Generations

In this session, you will learn to emancipate yourself from the barren of imagination, see the power and limits of democratic innovation, and expand your engagement toolkit through collective wisdom, and also discover a technology-based, intergenerational, participatory policy-making (TIPP) approach that gives cities the opportunity to have policies, generated by evidence, coupled with a commitment to broad and diverse participation in both the process and product.

  • Hsin-I Lin | Taiwan Reach-Out Association for Democracy
  • Chien-Ting Shih | Taiwan Reach-Out Association for Democracy
  • Yen-Ting Hsu | Taiwan Reach-Out Association for Democracy
  • Sarah Zeller-Berkman | CUNY
  • Vince Lorefice | Town Manager, Town of Wickenburg
  • Aaron White | Economic Development Director, Town of Wickenburg
  • Facilitator: Francesco Tena | Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

Mar. 9th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Engrained Cafe: Conference reception at Arizona State University

Saturday, March 10th

Mar. 10th 9:00am - 10:00am

WEST HALL 135: Breakfast with conference registration

 

Block 5 March 10th 10:00am - 11:30am

Engineering G218: Innovative Participatory Budgeting Across Taiwan

In this session, you will learn about: 1) how participatory budgeting was introduced to a young democracy such as Taiwan, with an explanation on the social and political context;  2) how participatory budgeting is conducted in an Asian social context where modern and traditional social relations are mixed; 3) how participatory budgeting is organized and conducted on certain specific functional issues.

  • Kuo-ming Lin | Professor, National Taiwan University
  • Hsin-I Lin | Co-Founder, Taiwan Reach-Out Association for Democracy
  • Yen-Ting Hsu | Co-founder, Taiwan Reach-Out Association for Democracy
  • Chien-chung Wu | Assistant Professor & Chief Director, Taipei College of Maritime Technology

 

Block 5 March 10th 10:00am - 11:30am

Engineering G227: PB Beyond the City Budget: Case Studies with Federal and County-Level Funds

Hear about the successes and challenges from launching and leading PB with county funds in Merced, CA, and Ontario,  Canada, and federal funds in Oakland, CA, and Scotland. Chart out possibilities for where to take this work next together.

  • Sol Rivas | People's Budget - Merced PB
  • Sarah Brown | Product Manager, Ontario Budget Talks
  • Simon Cameron | Scotland COSLA
  • Fiona Garven | Scottish Community Development Center
  • Facilitator: Ginny Browne | Senior Manager of Network Building, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 5 March 10th 10:00am - 11:30am

Engineering G335: What can we gain from better documentation of participatory democracy? And how can we do it together?

Join us for:

Small-group work in which participants share (a) challenges they face in documenting and analyzing participatory democracy, and (b) ideas about how better documentation can help answer key questions of research and practice.

A hands-on introduction to the alpha version of Participedia’s new website and its updated data collection models

Opportunities to offer recommendations for improvements to Participedia’s data collection model.

  • Patrick Scully | Managing Director, Participedia
  • Mark E. Warren | University of British Columbia
  • Matt Leighninger | Public Agenda
  • Facilitator: Hadassah Damien | Director of Data & Technology, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 5 March 10th 10:00am - 11:30am

Engineering G215: Changing Our Approach to Civic Education

Save Our schools Arizona has been on the front lines of fighting a off a  well-coordinated, incremental school privatization effort in the state that began three decades ago with open enrollment, followed by publicly funded charter schools, expanding to School Tuition Organizations (STOs) and vouchers that now siphon hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars out of public schools. Save Our Schools will be conducting an advocacy workshop based on their experience fighting for public schools. Participants will learn about how to identify privatization efforts in their states and how to organize their communities and local networks to support public education.

  • Sharon Kirsch (Save Our Schools Arizona presenting with Stand For School Nebraska)
  • Ann Hunter-Pirtle (Stand for Schools)
  • Allegra Fullerton
  • Facilitator: Elizabeth Crews | Development Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 5 March 10th 10:00am - 11:30am

Engineering G315: Reinventing Civics: Innovative approaches to student deliberation and civic education

Learn about the benefits of deliberation from a developmental framework and about a range of innovative approaches that are reinventing civic education. Hear about an approach that places civic engagement and inquiry as the context for learning , a process in which students participate in the design of their school, and an initiative that replaces student government elections with lotteries. Participate in deep discussions about civic engagement in schools and walk away with tangible tools to foster student inquiry and deliberation.

  • Frank Pisi | Director, History & Social Science at Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Sean Anderson | Director of Teacher Professional Practice, Community|Learning|Design
  • Nicole Zillmer | Arizona State University
  • Adam Cronkright | Democracy in Practice
  • Edna Ishayik | Civic Nation

Block 5 March 10th 10:00am - 11:30am

Engineering G317: Dealing with Global Democratic decline: What now?

Powerful non-deliberative, non-dialogic innovations in participatory democracy include: 1)The Wisdom Council Process, which can facilitate a global “We the People.” Hear how it is being used at the state level in Austria and Germany.  2) Microgrants work all over the world to enable communities to move projects forward. Hear case studies from East Africa and engage in a lively debate about these tools and their ability to help solve the global democratic decline.

  • Jim Rough | Center for Wise Democracy
  • Chloe Tomlinson | Spark MicroGrants
  • Sasha Fisher | Spark MicroGrants
  • Shane Epting | Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
  • Facilitator: Shari Davis | Director of Strategic Initiatives, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Snack + Coffee Break

WEST HALL 135: Rest, recharge, reconnect!

 

Block 6 March 10th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Engineering G218: Measuring Participatory Democracy, PB, and Impacts

More than ever, we need tools to help people measure different aspects of participatory democracy, such as the response of voters in participatory budgeting, the readiness of leaders to engage, the attitudes of citizens toward democratic reforms, and the capacity of institutions to support citizen learning, deliberation, and action.

This interactive panel will describe a number of existing tools, compel participants to report on their own measurement work, and get people talking about measurement challenges and how to overcome them.  Hear a research review on the case of PB & how PB can create lasting results on deliberation and voter turnout which extends impacts beyond just a process and impacts civic participation in communities.

Learn about new tools, help frame challenges and opportunities relating to measurement, and generate ideas for marking our progress.

  • Carolina Johnson | University of Washington PhD
  • Sonya Reynolds | Co-Chair PBNYC Citywide Committee, Data Director | PBNYC & NY Civic Engagement Table
  • (facilitator) Jake Carlson | Sociology PhD Candidate | University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Diana Dajer
  • Matt Leighninger (Public Agenda)
  • Andrew Wilkes (Generation Citizen)
  • Lucy Caldwell, CrowdSkout
  • Facilitator: Hadassah Damien | Director of Data & Technology, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Block 6 March 10th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Engineering G335: Opportunities for Philanthropy in Participatory Democracy

This session will aim to explore where, how, and why funders are engaging in civic engagement and democracy building (broadly defined) in the current political climate. It will explore questions including: How do funders define and invest in civic engagement, and how is participatory democracy a part of that process? How are they striving to remain nonpartisan or engage in cross-partisan ways? How are participatory processing informing and shaping their organization’s work?  A panel of funders will offer their insight and stories and engage in dialogue with participants.

  • Annelise Grimm | Code for America formerly James Irvine Foundation
  • Andres Torres | McCormick Foundation
  • Brian Mimura | The California Endowment

 

Block 6 March 10th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Engineering G317: Barriers to Participatory governance and how we can contribute to international efforts to move the needle

In this working session, you will:

  • Discuss the underlying constraints or barriers inhibiting civic engagement and accountability – and contributing to weak governance – in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Hear a wide-range of perspective and strategies for promoting engagement, empowerment and accountability in fragile contexts
  • Develop practical recommendations for the international community to address and transform the governance constraints that have contributed to fragility
  • Interactively learn the importance of youth participation in democratic processes within the context of relatively new and fragile democracies.
  • Apply this knowledge in finding entry points to encourage youth to participate in electoral processes and revitalize democracies around the world.
  • Carrie O'Neil | Mercy Corps
  • Willice Onyango | International Youth Council of Kenya
  • Malin Svanberg
  • Facilitator: Amit Ron | Arizona State University

 

Block 6 March 10th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Engineering G227: Let’s Start PB in Your School: A Workshop

Kick start your planning process to bring participatory budgeting (PB) to your school! Participate in all key phases of a lightning speed mock PB process in a school setting and leave with key tools, tips, and next steps to bring this work to your school or school district.

  • Ashley Brennan | Program & Communications Coordinator, Participatory Budgeting Project
  • Francesco Tena | West Coast Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Lunch Sat., Mar. 10 1:30pm - 3:00pm

WEST HALL 135: Planting a Forest of Our Dreams

As we come together to share stories the cross-pollination of our understanding brings forth new ideas. These are the seeds of our future together as we grow Participatory Democracy. As we share our final meal as a community, we invite you to share these seeds of understanding you’ve gathered throughout our time together and plant a forest of our dreams.

  • What does that forest look like in five years?
  • In fifteen?
  • What does that forest look like in a hundred and fifty years, the legacy we leave for future generations?
  • What seeds will you carry back with you in your work?
  • Facilitator: Bitsy Bentley | Product Manager, myPB.community at the Participatory Budgeting Project

 

Sat., Mar. 10 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Education Lecture Hall 117: Closing Keynote Conversation at Arizona State University Tempe Campus

    • Future of the Field: What’s on the Horizon?
      • Shari Davis, Participatory Budgeting Project
      • Sarita Turner, Policy Link
      • Josh Lerner, Participatory Budgeting Project
      • Carlos Menchaca, New York City Council Member - District 38
      • Ashley Trim, Davenport Institute
  • Tyrone Reitman, Policy Jury Group