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Friday, April 14 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Who Constructs the Future? Activating Citizen Leadership FULL

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Where are there opportunities for citizens to play a role in making decisions? How can power be redistributed? How can civic engagement be imbued with thoughtfulness and creativity? This conversation gathers a group of community organizers and artists working to rethink democracy and empower citizens to shape the future of their cities.

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Matthew Slaats

Creative Director, PauseLab
Matthew Slaats is an artist, designer, teacher, organizer, and activist, focusing on participatory modes of democracy that strengthen resident voices in defining the future of their neighborhoods. Matthew works at the University of Virginia’s Open Grounds, and serves as the Creative... Read More →

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Miranda Bogen

Associate, Upturn
Miranda Bogen in an Associate at Upturn, a technology policy group that focuses on civil rights issues on the local and national level. She holds degrees from UCLA and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.
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Alyssa Doom

Open Cities Project Manager, The Sunlight Foundation
Alyssa is the Open Cities Project Manager for Sunlight’s Policy team, helping to advance open data on the local level. In this role, she conducts research and creates resources related to Sunlight’s state and local policy priorities, provides feedback on state and local open data... Read More →


Lexi Luo

Scribe, Volunteer

Lily Ouyang

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903