Friday, April 18, 2014, 7-9pm
The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
- Josh Lerner will share a story from Making Democracy Fun
- Special guests Rachel Laforest (Executive Director, Right To The City Alliance) & Christine Gaspar (Executive Director, The Center for Urban Pedagogy) will talk about other amazing efforts to make democracy fun
- Food, drinks, and games!
ABOUT MAKING DEMOCRACY FUN
Anyone who has been to a public hearing or community meeting would agree that participatory democracy can be boring. Hours of repetitive presentations, alternatingly alarmist or complacent, for or against, often with no clear outcome or decision. Is this the best democracy can offer? In Making Democracy Fun, Josh Lerner offers a novel solution for the sad state of our deliberative democracy: the power of good game design. What if public meetings featured competition and collaboration (such as team challenges), clear rules (presented and modeled in multiple ways), measurable progress (such as scores and levels), and engaging sounds and visuals?
Drawing on more than a decade of practical experience and extensive research, Lerner explains how games have been integrated into a variety of public programs in North and South America. He offers rich stories of game techniques in action, in children’s councils, social service programs, and participatory budgeting and planning.
Can’t make it on April 18th? Join the Manhattan book launch for Making Democracy Fun on April 8th and/or PBP’s Benefit Celebration on May 8th.