But for participatory budgeting to work, the health of American democracy is a must. According to Hollie Russon-Gilman's new book, Democracy Reinvented, current citizen disaffection and mistrust of government have stalled the best impacts of participatory budgeting and many other advances in civic innovation. The political and institutional restraints we work under now need to be opened up, and with the help of digital tools and other technological innovations, more inclusive governance is possible.Join us at Civic Hall for a conversation with New America fellow Hollie Russon-Gilman, along with John Paul Farmer and Story Bellows, on the state of civic innovation today and the digital tools that can foster a better democracy tomorrow.
Copies of Hollie Russon-Gilman's Democracy Reinvented will be available for purchase. Join the conversation online using #DemocracyReinvented and by following @NewAmericaNYC.
Fellow, Open Technology Institute and Political Reform Program, New America
Former Open Government and Innovation Adviser, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Author, Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America
John Paul Farmer
Director, Technology and Civic Innovation, Microsoft NY
Former Senior Adviser, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Chief Innovation and Performance Officer, Brooklyn Public Library
Former Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia
This event is presented in partnership with Civic Hall.