Crowdsourcing Machines

Democracy, Disintermediation, and Finance
Tuesday May 5, 2015

This seminar will explore various initiatives aimed at decentralizing the levers of public finance, and increasing the level of citizen and community participation in government budgetary decisions.

Overview

This seminar will explore various initiatives aimed at decentralizing the levers of public finance, and increasing the level of citizen and community participation in government budgetary decisions. Questions to be addressed include:

How can public finance be harnessed to address issues such as political corruption, copyright overexpansion and structural racial wealth inequality?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of promoting citizen-level investment through conditional cash-transfer programs?

What are the capacities and limits of participatory budgeting practices?

Participants

Speakers:

Dean Baker

Co-Director
Center for Economic and Policy Research

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

Larry Lessig

Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership
Harvard Law School

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and the Founder of Rootstrikers and the Mayday PAC.

Michael Menser

Co-Founder, President
Participatory Budgeting (PB) Project

Michael Menser is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Brooklyn College, board member of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, and member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center in Earth and Environmental Science and Environmental Psychology.

Alan Aja

Assistant Professor, Deputy Chair - Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Alan A. Aja is Assistant Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College (CUNY). His research and publications focus on racial disparities, ethnic enclaves, intra-group colorism, immigrant incorporation, inter-group relations, Latino political power and race-based affirmative action.

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