The Ethics of Democracy Entrepreneurship


Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200 North

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Making Democracy WorkJoin us as we bring together leading practitioners and scholars for a frank discussion about the problems and possibilities of marketing participatory democratic innovations like citizens’ assemblies, participatory budgeting, or deliberative polling as a policy tool for government. Is there a tension between the ideal of spreading participatory innovations, and the need for organizations – whether private or non-profit – to actually sell these innovations to government? If so, what kinds of ethical dilemmas do organizations face in becoming “democracy entrepreneurs”?  

Marci Harris, CEO and Founder of PopVox

Peter MacLeod, Principal and Founder of MASSLBP

Tiago Carneiro Peixoto, Team Lead, World Bank’s Digital Engagement Unit. 

Moderated by Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at Harvard Kennedy School 



This is part of the Making Democracy Work Seminar Series