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.