What is Participatory Budgeting? How can cities use technology to expand participation, without diluting the experience of its positive effects? I explored these questions in an investigation for The Engine Room which has now been translated into three languages.
During a bumpy, hour-long motocab ride out of Iquitos, Peru, my iPhone popped out of my pocket, out of the loosely scaffolded vehicle, and onto the potholed and rocky street. By the time I realized it was gone, it was already dust.
Last month I joined Digital Democracy, an Oakland-based nonprofit that brings technology to indigenous communities in South America to protect their land rights and fight climate change. I’ve joined for a little while to advise them on how to grow their team. Yes, it is as cool as it sounds.
Oakland is having a transportation moment. To help keep the momentum going, I wrote two op-eds this month in support of the creation of Oakland’s first Department of Transportation.
I’m honored that this year the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of North America chose to accept my second paper. The topic: strategies to reduce rural vehicle-miles traveled (VMT).