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A persistent and deeply troubling problem of American democracy is low voter participation. The US ranks 28th out 35 OECD countries in voting turnout--55 percent of voting age population in 2016. On the presumption that this is unacceptable, and we want the widest possible participation in American democracy, what would it take to seriously move the needle on this issue, to have 80 percent of Americans voting? What policies could really work? What cultural shifts do we need to make? How can new technologies and platforms be best utilized? How can young people become a new civic generation?
Join us for a conversation with members of academia, technology and business, who are pushing the envelope and sparking the cultural shifts and technology advances we will need to increase voter participation in a major way for our country’s future. The panel will include:
- Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, Harvard Kennedy School
- John Horton, Senior Manager of Community Affairs, Lyft
- Corley Kenna, Senior Director of Global Communications and Public Relations, Patagonia
- Kathryn Peters, Co-founder and COO, Democracy Works
This event is a part of HUBweek 2018. Founded in December 2014 by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science and technology.
There is a unique concentration of brainpower, ingenuity, and creativity in the Greater Boston region; it draws people from around the world and from every industry. The unifying characteristic is a willingness to attack big problems, and a focus on making life better and improving the human condition at both a local and global level.
HUBweek exists to support and strengthen that innovation ecosystem – and to connect people to it from here and abroad.