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A New Age of Participatory Politics? Citizen Budgeting and Beyond

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenuw Northwest, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005 USA (map)
  • What are some successful 'civic innovations' that meaningfully change how citizens and governments interact?
  • How can we breathe new life into struggling democratic societies, locally and globally?
  • How can citizens become real change agents in their communities?
  • What should democracy in the 21st century look like?

Join our community of civic innovators at the OpenGov Hub to discuss these pressing questions, during an enlightening evening about strengthening civic participation and deliberative democracy.

Dr. Hollie Russon Gilman will present her new book, Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in Americathe first in-depth study of participatory budgeting (also known as citizen budgeting) in the United States. Participatory budgeting is a process that allows citizens to identify their community needs, design project proposals and directly decide how to spend public funds. While participatory budgeting was first developed in 1989 in Brazil and has spread to 1,500+ cities globally, U.S. cities have only recently begun to experiment with it. There is growing momentum around participatory budgeting in the US and around the world, as more people come to see it as a powerful civic innovation for cities to promote citizen participation and civic engagement. 

Hollie will be joined by Tiago Peixoto of the World Bank, who will provide a comparative global perspective on participatory budgeting's impact around the world, and will comment on the role and limitations of digitial tools to spur democratic revival.  Nada Zohdy of the OpenGov Hub will facilitate. 

Copies of the new book Democracy Reinvented will be available for purchase.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. 


About the Presenters

Hollie Russon Gilman is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she is co-teaching a new course on Technology and the Future of Governance and Public Policy. She is also a fellow at New America and Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance.  Hollie most recently served as Open Government and Innovation Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University. She is a founding researcher and organizer for the Open Society Foundation’s Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Harvard’s Gettysburg Project to revitalize 21st Century civic engagement. She has worked as an advisor, researcher, and consultant to leading non-profits and foundations at the intersection of technology and the public sector including the Case Foundation, Center for Global Development,, and the World Bank Institute.

Tiago Peixoto (PhD) is a Team Lead at the World Bank’s Digital Engagement Unit. Featured in TechCrunch as one of the “20 Most Innovative People in Democracy”, Tiago's work focuses on the intersection of technology, citizen engagement and governance. At the World Bank he works with governments to leverage technology-enabled solutions for better public policies and services. As the lead of the Bank’s Digital Engagement Evaluation Team (DEET), he coordinates evaluation and research activities that apply cutting-edge methodologies to examine the effects of technology on participation, transparency, accountability and government responsiveness. Prior to joining the World Bank, Tiago managed projects and worked as an advisor and consultant for various organizations, such as the European Commission, OECD, United Nations, and the Brazilian and UK governments. A Research Director of the Electronic Democracy Centre at the University of Zurich and faculty member of NYU’s Governance Lab, Tiago holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science from the European University Institute, as well as a Masters in Organized Collective Action from Sciences-Po Paris. He blogs at and tweets at @participatory