Marty Kaplan on Planting Seeds of Participatory Democracy

April 26, 2012

In this exclusive web clip, Marty Kaplan, director of USC’s Norman Lear Center, describes the digital civic operation he conceived and produced in collaboration with The Los Angeles Times to make sure the community’s voice played a strong part in designing a 16-acre local park in downtown Los Angeles. He calls it “civic mischief.”

“Ordinary citizens can band together and suggest something, use new technology, maybe make alliances with journalists and nonprofits and academics in a region and and say ‘we can change the way this thing plays out,” Kaplan tells Moyers.

Watch the full conversation between Marty Kaplan and Bill Moyers.

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