Tag: Democracy

State Control and Market Forces: Twin Threats to Democracy in Education?

Geoff Whitty
Quasi-Markets in Education: The Rhetoric and the Reality
November 11, 1996, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Education Reform and the Re-Formation of the Teaching Profession
November 13, 1996, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
November 14, 1996, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Civil Society and Democracy

Andrew Arato
CIVIL AND POLITICAL SOCIETY
February 6, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE TRANSITIONS AND BEYOND
February 7, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
February 8, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Andrew Arato (Ph.D. History, University of Chicago, 1975) is Dorothy Hirshon Professor in Political and Social Theory at the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of New School University. Professor Arato is one of the world's leading theorists of civil society, as one of the foremost authorities on the Frankfurt School, the history of social thought, and theories of social movements. He is most well known for Civil Society and Political Theory (co-authored with Jean Cohen), which has become perhaps the definitive text in civil society scholarship throughout the social sciences. He is also author or editor of seven other books, including From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory (1993), Habermas on Law and Democracy: Critical Exchanges (1998), and most recently, Civil Society, Constitution, and Legitimacy (1999).

Renewing Democracy, Revitalizing our Communities: Labor's Call for Sharing Prosperity in the New Economy

Amy Dean
THE NEXT UNIONISM: A NEW PARADIGM FOR WORKER REPRESENTATION IN A CHANGING ECONOMY
April 2, 2002, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
LABOR AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE ERA OF GLOBALIZATION
April 3, 2002, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 4, 2002, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

"Saving Democracy from Globalization and from the War on Terror"

Tom Hayden
"Saving Democracy from Globalization and from the War on Terror"
October 3, 2002, 8:00PM, 1100 Grainger
"Reflections on IRISH ON THE INSIDE"
October 4, 2002, 12:00PM, University Club
Seminar on the Sixties
October 4, 2002, 2:00PM, Curti Lounge

As Jeremi Suri has noted, Tom Hayden is "one of the most influential and recognized activists of the 1960s. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he composed the 'agenda for a generation' that became a guiding charter for Students for a Democratic Society. He directed an anti-poverty project in Newark, New Jersey, protested the Vietnam War, and stood trial for disrupting the 1968 Democratic Convention. Since the 1960s, Hayden has served in the California legislature, married and divorced Jane Fonda, and become involved in the peace process in Northern Ireland." His most recent books include IRISH HUNGER: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON THE LEGACY OF THE FAMINE (an important collection of essays which he edited in 1997) and IRISH ON THE INSIDE, published last year by Verso Press.

US American Democracy and the Challenges of Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Lucius Outlaw
"US American Democracy and the Challenges of Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Through the Eyes of Tocqueville"
November 19, 2002, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"US American Democracy and the Challenges of Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Through the Eyes of Ralph Ellison"
November 20, 2002, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
November 21, 2002, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Lucius T. Outlaw is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the African American Studies Program at Vanderbilt University. His principal areas of specialization are African Philosophy, African-American Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, and Social and Political Philosophy. Professor Outlaw is the author of over fifty articles, and On Race and Philosophy (Routledge, 1996). He is currently working on a volume titled In Search of Critical Social Theory in the Interest of Black Folk.

Building Democracy in Contemporary Peru: Lessons Learned, Challenges and Alternative Perspectives

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Nicolas Lynch
Transition and Regression in Peruvian Democracy
Monday, September 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
The Politics of Education and Reform in Peru
Tuesday, September 20, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
Seminar for students and Faculty
Thursday, September 21, 12:00 pm, 8108 Social Sciences

Nicolás Lynch (Ph.D., Sociology, New School for Social Research) is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Social Sciences at the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Perú. Professor Lynch is also a political columnist in the daily La República in Lima. He has published several books, including Los jóvenes rojos de San Marcos, La transición conservadora, Una tragedia sin héroes, and El pensamiento arcaico en la educación peruana. Professor Lynch was formerly Minister of Education, Political Advisor to the President of the Republic of Perú, and President of the Peruvian Sociological Association.

Global Justice: Democracy, Sufficiency and Capability

Chris Bertram
Democracy, capability and the sufficiency threshold.
Tuesday, November 15 2005, 4:00 pm, 206 Ingraham
Challenges to sufficiency as a criterion for justice.
Wednesday, November 16 2005, 4:00 pm, 206 Ingraham
Seminar for students and Faculty
Thursday, November 17, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Sciences

Christopher Bertram is Reader in Social and Political Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol, UK. Professor Bertram’s main research interests are in modern social contract theory, theories of justice (especially global distributive justice), and public justification. He is the author of Rousseau and the Social Contract (Routledge, 2003), Vice-President of the Rousseau Association, and until recently, editor of Imprints: A Journal of Analytical Socialism.

“The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy”

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Si Kahn and Elizabeth Minnich: “The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy”
Tuesday, November 29 2005, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
Elizabeth Minnich: “Privatized Lives, Transforming Knowledge: Education for an Inclusive Democracy"
Wednesday, November 30 2005, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
Workshop with Si Kahn: “Blood From Stones: Organizing Against For-Profit Private Prisons”
Thursday, December 1 2005, 12:20pm, Chadbourne Residential College, Main Lounge

Si Kahn has worked for 40 years as a civil rights, labor, and community organizer. He is executive director of Grassroots Leadership, a 25-year old progressive non-profit organization that works to abolish for-profit private prisons, jails, and detention centers. He is the author of How People Get Power, Organizing: A Guide for Grassroots Leaders, and most recently The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy (with Elizabeth Minnich). A songwriter and musician, Kahn is releasing his 15th CD Blood From Stones concurrently with The Fox in the Henhouse.

 

Elizabeth Minnich (Ph.D., Philosophy, New School University) is Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She has worked for 40 years as a university professor and administrator, author, speaker, workshop leader, consultant, and scribe. A feminist philosopher, she has lectured at over 150 colleges and universities and is the author of Transforming Knowledge (Temple, 1990) and The Fox in the Henhouse.

The Relationship Between Peace & Democracy in the Middle East

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Mustafa Barghouti
"Peace and Democracy: The Reality of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"
Tuesday, April 25 2006, 7:00 pm, 1100 Grainger Hall
"Democracy in Palestine: The Role of Civil Society"
Wednesday, April 26 2006, 7:00 pm, Pyle Center
Seminar for students, faculty, and the public
Thursday, April 27 2006, 12:20 pm, Location TBA

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi is a leading human rights activist in the non-violent struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A medical doctor, he is an outspoken advocate for the development of Palestinian civil society and grassroots democracy and an organizer of international solidarity presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He founded and served for twenty- five years as President of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, leaving that post to run for Palestinian President in 2005. He remains on the Board of Directors. In 2002, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded Al Mubadara (the Palestinian National Initiative) along with Edward Said, Haider Abdel-Shafi and Ibrahim Dakak, and currently serves as its Secretary General. An alternative to both the autocracy and corruption of the governing Fatah party and the fundamentalism of groups like Hamas, Al Mubadara aims to build the institutional framework of Palestinian civil society and promote the principles of internal democracy and good governance. It tries to strengthen ties between Palestinians everywhere, to mobilise mass non-violence and international solidarity as the preferred means of resisting the Israeli Occupation, and to make the Palestinian story visible in the international news media. In 2006, Dr. Barghouthi was elected to the Palestinian Parliament as an independent candidate.

Biography

Born in Jerusalem in 1954, Dr. Barghouthi trained as a medical doctor in the former Soviet Union, with postgraduate work in Jerusalem and at Stanford University. Dr. Barghouthi has led the introduction of modern concepts of health care in Palestine. From 1978 till 1988, he worked at Jerusalem’s Maqassed Hospital in neurosurgery, internal medicine, cardiology, and ultimately as Chief Physician of Primary Healthcare Clinics.

In 1979, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), a non-profit NGO of which he was later elected President. PMRS aims to provide Palestinians, particularly vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, the disabled, and those living in isolated areas, with essential healthcare services. PMRS today is one of the largest providers of primary healthcare services throughout the Palestinian Territory, with a staff of 380 health professionals and 38,000 volunteers. It currently works in 495 Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, providing services to 1.3 million Palestinians each year. The PMRS has pioneered the development of healthcare models such as the Community-Based Rehabilitation program, aimed at providing rehabilitation services to disabled persons and facilitating their integration into their communities. The PMRS has also been at the forefront of efforts to target the most vulnerable sectors of Palestinian society, through its Women’s and Child Health services.

At the height of the first Intifada in 1989, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP), a health policy think-tank. HDIP also houses the Palestine Monitor, a clearing-house for the 95-member Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). Launched at the beginning of the current Intifada, the Palestine Monitor conveys the viewpoints of Palestinian civil society to the press and international community. Its website acts as one of the key information sources on the conflict, with more than 1.5 million hits per month.

"Making Another World Possible" Book Tour

The Havens Center and the UW Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program presents
John Ross
Fair Trade and Human Rights in Palestine and Chiapas: Two resistance movements struggle for liberation
Sunday March 25, 7pm, Escape Java Joint, 609 Williamson St
"The Other Campaign & the 2006 Mexican Elections: What worked, what didn't"
Monday March 26 at Noon, 8417 Social Sciences
No Mexico Without Corn: How globalization threatens Mexico's identity
Tuesday March 27, 7pm, Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W Gilman St

Born in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan to proud members of the U.S. Communist Party, John Ross grew up in a lively cultural ambiance informed by jazz, abstract expressionist painting, radical politics, and Beat poetry – Ross was a younger member of the Beat Generation, reading his poetry in Greenwich Village bars with the great bass player Charles Mingus.

At 19, Ross set out on the road, following the Beat trail that Burroughs and Kerouac and Ginsberg had blazed to Mexico City. Soon he had separated from this U.S.-based literary movement taking up residence in an indigenous community in the Meseta Purepcha of the state of Michoacan

Six years later when John Ross returned to the United States, he was incarcerated by the FBI at Terminal Island federal penitentiary in San Pedro California for refusal to report for induction in the U.S. Army and became the first resister to be jailed for refusing service in Vietnam. In 2005, Ross returned to San Pedro to receive the American Civil Liberties Union's annual "Uppie" (for Upton Sinclair) award for his penultimate cult classic "Murdered by Capitalism – A Memoir of 150 Years of Life & Death on the U.S. Left.

Following the terrible September 1985 8.2 earthquake in Mexico City, Ross returned to the city he first knew as a young Beat and took up residence in the old quarter or "Centro Historico", the ancient Aztec island of Tenochtitlan, where he lives still. Now the dean of foreign correspondents in Mexico, Ross continues to report for Noticias Aliadas (Peru), the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Texas Observer, and is a regular contributor to U.S. monthlies like the Progressive, the Nation, and Counterpunch (on line), in addition to the Mexican Left daily La Jornada. His investigations into electoral fraud and human rights abuses in Mexico, environmental carnage, and the struggles of Indians and farmers have won various awards down the years.

Since its earliest hour 12 years ago, Ross has accompanied the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, breaking the story of the impending uprising in a small northern California weekly weeks before it occurred, and writing three volumes chronicling this unique indigenous movement - "Rebellion  From the Roots" (American Book Award winner 1995), "The Annexation of Mexico" (1998), and "The War Against Oblivion" (200.) His fourth volume ZAPATISTAS! Making Another World Possible – Chronicles of Resistance 2000-2006" is to be published by Nation Books this October

Mexico, the U.S., and the Left in Latin America

The Democratic Socialists of America, the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS) and The Havens Center present
Saul Escobar Toledo
Politics Moving Left in Latin America
Tuesday, May 1, 12-1 pm, 206 Ingraham (co-sponsored by LACIS)
Mexico-US Relations: The PRD Perspective
Wednesday May 2nd, 7pm, room 1121 Humanities Building

Saul Escobar Toledo was trained as an economist at UNAM in Mexico City and became one of the founding members of the PRD in 1989. Since then he has served the party in various functions, including coordinator of political economy and fiscal reform, member of the national planning committee, and PRD representative to the Federal Electoral Institute. He has published essays on labor reform and effects of globalization in Mexico and taught economics and political science at UNAM, Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Azcapotzalco, and Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Mr. Escobar Toledo speaks fluent English.

Russian politics in historic context

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The Havens Center Fall 2007 Visiting Scholars Program presents
Boris Kagarlitsky
Second Edition of Russian Capitalism: Economic Structures and Political Perspectives
Wednesday, October 10, 4pm, 8417 Social Science Building
Public seminar
Thursday, October 11, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science
Russia's Autocracy and Democratic Tradition: Western Myths and Historic Reality
Thursday, October 11, 4pm, 8417 Social Science Building

BORIS KAGARLITSKY is Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements in Moscow, Russia. Boris' latest books are Russia Under Yeltsin And Putin: Neo-Liberal Autocracy (TNI/Pluto 2002) and New Realism, New Barbarism: The Crisis of Capitalism (Pluto 1999). He won the Deutscher Memorial Prize for his book, The Thinking Reed: Intellectuals and the Soviet State (Verso 1988). He writes regularly for The Moscow Times and Eurasian Home. Previously, he was a student of art criticism and was imprisoned for two years for 'anti-Soviet' activities related to his editorship of a samizdat journal, Leviy Povorot. Boris was co-ordinator of the Moscow People's Front between '88 and '90, and also advised the Workers' Committee of Prokpievsk and Karaganda during this period. He was a deputy to the Moscow City Soviet between 1990-93, during which time he was a member of the executive of the Socialist Party of Russia, co-founder of the Party of Labour, and advisor to the Chairperson of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia.

Ecosocialism: The Radical Alternative

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Michael Löwy
"What is Ecosocialism?"
Tuesday, December 7, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Ecosocialism and Democratic Planning"
Wednesday, December 8, 4 pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and the Public
Thursday, December 9, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

This visit is part of an eight part series titled "RENEWING SOCIALISM FOR THE 21st CENTURY: ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM AND HOW TO GET THERE"

Co-sponsored by Global Studies.

MICHAEL LOWY is emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and lectures at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences in Paris. He is the author of over 200 articles and book chapters, as well as numerous books, including Romanticism against the Tide of Modernity (with Robert Sayre), The International Ecosocialist Manifesto (with Joel Kovel), Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin’s “On the Concept of History,” and The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx. His works have been translated into 29 languages. Professor Löwy was born in Brazil in 1938 and has lived in Paris since 1969.

READINGS:

"Advertising is a 'Serious Health Threat' -- to the Environment"

"Ecosocialism and Spirituality" (with Frei Betto)

Mass Incarceration in America

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Heather Ann Thompson
“The Costs of the Carceral State”
Tuesday, February 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Distorting Democracy: Rethinking Politics and Power in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
Wednesday, February 20, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, February 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

HEATHER ANN THOMPSON is Associate Professor of History in the Departments of African American Studies and History at Temple University. She is the author of Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City (Cornell University Press: 2001) and has recently published an edited collection, Speaking Out: Protest and Activism in the 1960s and 1970s (Prentice Hall, 2009), as well as chapters on crime, punishment, and prison activism during the 1960s and 1970s in several edited collections. Thompson is currently writing the first comprehensive history of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its legacy for Pantheon Books, drawing on legal, state, federal, prison, and personal records related to the Attica uprising and its aftermath (some never-before-seen).

READINGS:

What Then Must We Do?

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Gar Alperovitz
“Is There an America Beyond Capitalism?”
Tuesday April 16th, 4PM, 336 Ingraham Hall
Seminar: "The Unusual Nature of the Emerging Crisis, and its Possibilities"
Wednesday, April 17th, 12 noon, 8108 Social Science
Book presentation and signing
Wednesday, April 17th, 7PM, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, 426 W. Gilman St.Madison, WI

Gar Alperovitz, political economist, historian, and author of the new book What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution will give two free public talks in Madison highlighting how, in an age of political deadlock and economic decay, hope can be found in the growing movement across the country to build a new and more egalitarian economy based in cooperation and community.  Dr. Alperovitz will suggest that a movement aiming at the “evolutionary reconstruction” of the American system—away from rampant inequality and corporate control, and towards a more just distribution of wealth and renewed democracy—is poised to take center stage in the national conversation. 

About Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, has been responsible for some of the most important and influential analyses of new forms of worker, community, and cooperative ownership. He is the cofounder of The Democracy Collaborative, a research institute developing strategies to build community wealth, including an innovative network of green worker cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his work as a leader in the new economy movement, he is an acclaimed historian of US foreign policy.  He is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and of King’s College at Cambridge University, where he received his PhD in political economy. He has served as a legislative director in the  U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a special assistant in the Department of State. Earlier he was president of the Center for Community Economic Development, Codirector of The Cambridge Institute, and president of the Center for the Study of Public Policy. Dr. Alperovitz’s numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, and other academic and popular journals. His most recent books are America Beyond Capitalism (2011) and What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution. Dr. Alperovitz is also author of The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (1995), Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (2002), and Unjust Deserts (2008).

About What Then Must We Do?

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new economy—and, if we act upon it, a new system—are forming.  In What Then Must We Do?,  forthcoming this April from Chelsea Green Publishing, Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about why the time is right for a revolutionary new economy movement, what it means to democratize the ownership of wealth, and what it will take to build a new system to replace the decaying one, offering an evolutionary, common-sense solution for moving from despair and anger to strategy and action.

Who Counts? Inclusion in Global (Economic) Politics, Exclusion in National Politics

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Robert Wade
“Emerging World Order? Economic Power and Global Governance in the 21st Century”
Tuesday, November 12, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“The Costs of Inequality: Capitalism and Democracy at Cross-Purposes”
Wednesday, November 13, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, November 14, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science


ROBERT H. WADE
is professor of political economy at the London School of Economics.  He was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2008. His book Governing the Market (Princeton University Press, 1990, 2004) won the American Political Science Association award for Best Book in Political Economy in 1992. In 2008 The Financial Times listed him as one among “fifty of the world’s most influential economists.” Before LSE he worked at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex University), Princeton, MIT, Brown, and the World Bank, and held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Russell Sage Foundation, New York, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin. He has carried out field research in Pitcairn Island, Italy, India, South Korea, Taiwan, and inside the World Bank. In recent years his research and writing has concentrated on issues of industrial policy (including in the United States); global inequality; global economic and financial governance (including the G20 and the World Bank); financial crises; and the ethics of economists. 

READINGS: 

Latino Conservatives: Thoughts on Race, Democracy, and the Right

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Cristina Beltrán
“Latino Republicans: Oxymoron or Future of Conservative Movement?”
Tuesday, March 11, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“How Does It Feel? Race, Representation, and Diversity on the Right”
Wednesday, March 12, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, March 13, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies and Chican@/Latin@ Studies

CRISTINA BELTRÁN is associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Currently, she is a Member in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. A political theorist by training, she is the author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (Oxford University Press, 2010). The Trouble with Unity won several awards, including the 2011 Ralph Bunche Award from of the American Political Science Association and Cuba’s Casa de la Américas prize for the best book on the subject of Latinos in the United States. Her work has appeared in Political Theory, Aztlán, Politics & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, the Du Bois Review, Contemporary Political Theory, and various edited volumes. Her current book project uses affect and aesthetic theory to analyze the politics of the Right, particularly the growing presence of Latino conservative organizations and leaders. 

READINGS: 

Making Democracy Fun

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Josh Lerner
"Making Democracy Fun: Can Games Fix Democracy?"
Thursday, May 1, 12:20pm, 336 Ingraham

JOSH LERNER is 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. Since 2003, he has developed, researched, and worked with dozens of participatory programs in North America, Latin America, and Europe. He is the author of the book Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics (MIT Press), and his articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The National Civic Review, YES! Magazine, Shelterforce, and the Journal of Public Deliberation.