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Oct 23

Past Event

Strengthening Legal and Technological Frameworks to Grow Civic Participation and Public Engagement

Event Materials


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In order for democracy to function well, the citizenry must be well-informed, engaged, and able to freely participate in democratic processes. But most of the local laws that govern public participation in the United States are outdated, fail to match the expectations and capacities of citizens today, pre-date the Internet, and do not reflect the lessons learned in the last two decades about how citizens and governments can work together. Increasingly, public officials, legislative staff, and policymakers are wondering whether civic participation best practices are in fact supported – or even allowed – by the law.

On October 23, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a forum on reimagining the legal and technological frameworks to strengthen and boost civic participation and citizen engagement.  Over the past year, the Working Group on Legal Frameworks for Public Participation has produced new tools, including a model local ordinance and model amendment to state legislation, in order to help create a more supportive, productive, and equitable environment for public participation. During this forum, members of this working group discussed the new tools and the larger questions about how to strengthen the legal framework for public participation.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Moderator

    • Matt Leighninger

      Executive Director

      The Deliberative Democracy Consortium

  • Panelists

    • Lisa Blomgren Amsler

      Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service

      Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

    • Mike Huggins

      Principal, Public Collaboration Associates

      Affiliate, ICMA-CM

    • Kevin Curry

      Program Director, CfA Brigade

      Code for America


October 23, 2013

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


For More Information

Brookings Office of Communications


Hosted By

Governance Studies

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