Josh Lerner is Co-Executive Director of The Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit organization that empowers communities across North America to decide how to spend public money. Josh completed a PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research and a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto. For nearly two decades, he has developed, researched, and worked with dozens of community engagement programs in North America, Latin America, and Europe. He is the author of the books Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics (MIT Press) and Everyone Counts: Can Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy?(Cornell Univ Press), and his articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Stanford Social Innovation ReviewThe National Civic Review, YES! Magazine, Shelterforce, and the Journal of Public Deliberation.