We’ve decided to make the @FirstRoot 2022 #participatorybudgeting #conference a hybrid 24-hour event, starting Mar 25, 2022 at 5:00PM US Eastern. Stay tuned for more details.
We thought it would be fun to review some of the amazing presentations from our 2021 conference.
Today’s featured presenter is Paolo Spada.
We have big dreams for #participatorybudgeting. We want to see every school *in the world* use PB to promote #civic engagement, #financialliteracy, and #designthinking.
These kinds of dreams require us to understand how innovations like PB are adopted within social groups.
Paolo is a lecturer at the University of Southampton at the Centre for Democratic Futures. His research explores the diffusion and impact of participatory and deliberative processes aimed at deepening democracy in Public Administration, Parties and Organizations.
Paolo’s novel talk focused on the ‘Serendipity in Participatory Budgeting’ – the chance encounter with new ideas. His talk centered on the design aspects of PB that promote serendipity, including such time-tested techniques as the devil’s advocate. This is critically important as the social media machine is continually feeding us with ideas that are algorithmically designed to fit our preconceived desires.
We’ve tried to integrate Paolo’s wisdom as part of the discussion points in the design of our software. Paolo’s talk is rich and deep and highly recommended.
Watch Paolo’s presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x9lqj1mf-o
See all of the presentations at https://firstroot.co/conference/.
Do you want to be a speaker at our 2022 conference? Drop me a line!