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I am available to give talks and participatory workshops on game design for community engagement, and on participatory budgeting and democracy. Contact me for more information.

Past Talks (selection)

Scaling Up Participatory Budgeting as a Tool for Direct Democracy,” Talking Transition (NYC Mayoral Transition Forum), November 9, 2013.

“Participatory Budgeting in New York City,” Beyond Resilience: Actions for a Just Metropolis, June 8, 2013.

Participatory Budgeting in New York City: Thinking Critically and Looking Forward,” The New School, May 8, 2013

“Making Democracy Fun,” Building a Democratic City: International Participatory Budgeting Conference, May 4, 2013.

“Crowdsourcing Government,” Redesigning Democracy Summit, North Carolina State, December 10, 2012.

“Participatory Budgeting in the US,” Lectures in Planning Series, Columbia University, February 15, 2011.

“Participatory Budgeting: A New Tool for Democratic Decision-Making,” National League of Cities Congress, Denver, December 2, 2010.

“Introduction to Participatory Budgeting,” United States Social Forum, Detroit, June 25, 2010.

“Making Democracy Fun: Games as Tools for Community Participation,” Deepening Democracy as a Way of Life conference, Rosario, Argentina, May 13, 2010.

“Participatory Budgeting as a Tool for Affordable Housing,” No MAHS: No More “Affordable” Housing Scams conference, Hunter College, New York, March 27, 2010

“Can Participatory Budgeting Work in the U.S.?” The New York State Political Science Association conference, New York, April 25, 2009.

“Participatory Budgeting: Public Control over Public Money,” The City from Below conference, Baltimore, March 29, 2009.

“Participatory Budgets: From Venezuela to the U.S.,” Forum on the Solidarity Economy, Amherst, MA, March 21, 2009.

“Games as Democracy? Participatory Planning Games in Rosario, Argentina,” Janey Program in Latin American Studies Workshop, The New School for Social Research, February 10, 2009.

“Games, Play, and Democracy,” Politics in Progress Workshop, The New School for Social Research, November 3, 2008.

Making Democracy Fun: Using Games for Democratic Decision-Making,” Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy, University of Toronto, October 17, 2008.

“Playing with Power: Empowered Political Games in Participatory Democratic Processes,” The American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, April 16, 2008.

Democratizing Democracy through Participatory Budgeting,” The North American New Humanist Forum, New York City, November 17, 2007.

“Participatory Budgeting in Canada and Around the World,” Participatory Budgeting Workshop at the City of Kitchener, Ontario (Canada), June 13, 2007.

Communal Councils in Venezuela: Nationalizing Participatory Planning,” Planners Network 2007 Conference Race, Class and Community Recovery: From the Neighborhood to the Nation and Beyond, New Orleans, June 2, 2007.

Presupuestos Participativos: Una Herramienta para la Gestión Democrática,” The conference El IVU y el Desarrollo Municipal:1era Conferencia sobre las Oportunidades que brinda el IVU, Sociedad Puertorriqueńa de Planificación (Puerto Rican Planning Society), San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 24, 2007.

“Presupuestos Participativos en Norteamérica: Extensiones horizontales y submunicipales,” International Conference on Participatory Budgeting, Málaga, Spain, March 30, 2007. [espańol] [english]

“Communal Councils in Venezuela,” The Left Forum, New York City, March 10, 2007.

“Co-ops and Participatory Democracy,” 2nd National Conference of Democratic Workplaces, New York City, October 13, 2006.

Communal Councils in Venezuela: Participatory Democracy at the National Level?“, Local Democracy Convention, Madison, Wisconsin, October 1, 2006.

Participatory Budgeting with Youth,” Planners Network conference Tending the Garden: From Grassroots to Green Roofs, Chicago, June 10, 2006.

Who Learns What in Participatory Democracy?” The Canadian Society for the Study of Education conference at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, Toronto, May 30, 2006.

“Participatory Budgeting in North America,” The Left Forum, New York City, March 11, 2006.

With Daniel Schugurensky, “Learning citizenship and democracy through participatory budgeting: The case of Rosario, Argentina”, Democratic Practices as Learning Opportunities: Comparing International Experiences & Understandings, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York City, November 4th, 2005. [powerpoint presentation] [PDF of paper presented]

Participatory Budgeting in Canada“, The Alternatives forum From Local Action to Global Citizenship, Montreal, September 10, 2005.

Aprendiendo ciudadanía y democracia a través del presupuesto participativo: El caso de Rosario“, Participatory Budgeting Workshop at the Municipality of Rosario, Argentina, August 11, 2005.