Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn 11201
In 2015, the public learned of a series of political corruption scandals in Chile. The Smart Citizen Foundation (Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente) decided to lead the fight against corruption with a new approach: file lawsuits against politicians accused of illegally financing their campaigns, participate in a presidential commission against corruption, and create tools for civic engagement in the transparency and probity reforms agenda. Leading the charge was Smart Citizen’s Executive Director, Pablo Collada. In this talk, he will discuss the opportunities and challenges of reimagining Latin American democracy: from engaging a larger citizenry, to reforming the relationship between money and politics, to establishing new forms of public innovation. In a moment where corruption scandals are common news, Collada will discuss how citizen-driven responses are growing in intensity and size.
Pablo is the Executive Director of Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation), a Latin American nonprofit based in Chile that designs and implements participation models that integrate research, communication and civic tech developments. Pablo is a Mexican sociologist that has worked for the past 14 years in the Social Development sector mainly in education, youth and community organization projects either in the public sector or the civil society arena. His previous work includes being head of the Research Area for the Lab for the City initiative in Mexico City, where he was part of the development of the Open Government Platform. He also lead the creation of regional networks promoted by international agencies such as UN-Habitat to promote local government observatories, and the development and implementation of digital tools for youth participation in the Mexican context.