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Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
Wednesday, October 2 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Public Engagement in the Digital Age: Facilitating Deliberative Democracy

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Alexa, what should the government consider in rezoning the downtown?
Siri, what do the arts have to do with addressing climate change?
Google, is public discourse a commodity?
For those concerned with improving the quality of democratic engagement globally, come join the conversation with a roundtable of international experts on varied in-person and online forms of public engagement.
Engagement in the world, be it the neighborhood or the global commons, is a human experience. Humans are drawn to interactive engagement with others. Whether in the form of artistic movement, user-centric technology, or citizen assemblies, explore which tools and configurations most strategically nurture and sustain civil societies in the digital age.
This roundtable invites students to proactively make democratic deliberation an accessible, adaptable routine.

Speakers
avatar for Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

Founder and Principal, iNova Advisors and Partners
Carolina Rossini has over 20 years of experience in technology law and policy, including ICT for development, internet, intellectual property, open innovation, and telecommunications. She is the founder of iNova Partners Consulting - assisting non-profits in executing effective and... Read More →

Faculty Organizer
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Melanie Beth Oliviero

Part-Time Faculty, Schools of Public Engagement
Melanie Beth Oliviero is a senior level strategist and educator with global and grassroots experience.  She offers expertise working with private and public sector to advance strategic planning, organizational development, and advocacy efforts, especially those involving collaborative... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Starr Foundation Hall - UL102 University Center - 63 Fifth Avenue