Democracy inside (2018)

participatory innovation in unlikely places

in: Oxford scholarship online


Across the United States democratic professionals are creating innovative power-sharing arrangements in institutions that are usually hierarchical and non-participatory. Often involving laypeople who would not consider themselves activists or even engaged citizens, democratic professionals break down internal barriers, foster social proximity, encourage co-ownership of problems previously seen as beyond laypeople's abilities, and seek out opportunities for collaborative work. This text focuses on democratic professionals' efforts in participatory innovation in the fields of K-12 education, criminal justice, and city government.