Each month, PlaceSpeak presents a Q&A with experts in public engagement and civic technology.
This month, we spoke with Paolo Spada, researcher at the Empatia project. Paolo’s work explores how to optimize participatory systems, complex platforms that combine a variety of digital and in-person participatory processes. Paolo is a member of Participedia (CA), of the research board of the Participatory Budgeting Project (USA), a member of the World Bank’s Digital Engagement Evaluation Team, and the Democracy Matters team (UK). His current projects focus on how to promote better and more meaningful consent forms in digital engagement practices, gamification, and how to improve comments in online news by adapting deliberative practices.