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Using Technology to Increase Civic Engagement in Public
This interactive session will focus on ways that traditional organizing and mobilizing campaigns are incorporating digital strategies to increase engagement in the policy making process by both the public and interest groups. What are effective strategies to connect digital platforms with on-the-ground, face-to-face organizing? What are the challenges to engaging with local policy making in different sectors from education to conservation? The guest will be Tom Cosgrove, a message and communications strategist who has designed and implemented successful communications and grassroots campaigns for more than three decades. About the Study Group:
This event is the third in a four-part study group series, "Cities, Technology, and Democracy" organized by HKS student groups Tech4Change and the Regional, State, Local, Tribal (RSLT) Governance PIC, along with the Ash Center. Over the course of four sessions, the group will explore how new tools empower citizens and create "smart" cities. The study group will also discuss important challenges. For instance, will the expansion of data and technology really be accessible to everyone, or will some groups be left behind?