The Frontiers of Innovation conference was held at the Harvard Kennedy School, March 31—April 2, 2008, and hosted participants from more than 50 countries. The conference highlighted how governments can be more effective at solving problems and improving the lives of their citizens through innovation.
Panel 2—Innovations in Participation: Citizen Engagement in Deliberative Democracy: Democratic governance depends on citizen participation to mitigate corruption, harness public energy, and remain responsive to community needs. Citizen activism can be a productive check on the expansion of special interests as the public determines where its government's priorities should lie. Both in developing and developed countries, innovators continue to explore a range of strategies engaging communities to deliver social services, defuse conflict, improve public sector accountability, and raise public opinion about quality of governance. This panel will examine several such innovations to consider new ways to engage citizens in building fair and effective government.