Democracy's Second Act: Creating the society we want with the publics we need
Peter MacLeod is the founder and principal of MASS LBP, and one of Canada’s leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. Since its founding in 2007, MASS has completed more than 200 major policy projects for governments and public agencies across Canada while pioneering the use of Civic Lotteries and Citizen Reference Panels and earning international recognition for its work.
Peter frequently writes and speaks about the citizen’s experience of the state, the importance of public imagination, and the future of responsible government.
Biography: Ryan Jenkins is a constructionist educator operating as the co-founder and managing director of Wonderful Idea Co, an innovative studio that develops learning materials, environments and resources for tinkering. His playful experiments make use of a wide range of materials including unusual electronics, programmable microcontrollers, physical wood/wire mechanisms, light/shadow elements and sound installations.
Keynote - Tinkering: A Playful Approach to Lifelong Learning: In this presentation, Ryan will discuss the importance of developing thoughtfully constructed spaces, prompts and facilitation styles to support playful learning in library settings. Together we’ll think about the relevance of “tinkering” for informal learning environments and how this approach can support the development of “invention literacy”, actively engage library patrons, build creative confidence and foster inter-generational collaboration.
Workshop - Physical and Digital Construction: Ryan Jenkins will also host a workshop after the keynote presentation. In this workshop participants will have a hands-on experience working with both physical and digital tools to create their own designs. The group will take a deep dive into the process of tinkering and use the insights we develop together to inform our practice of introducing tools, techniques and projects to learners in library settings.
Before the workshop please collect: a cardboard toilet paper tube or paper towel tube, scissors and tape.