May 5, 2015

10:15:00 PM

Tuesday, May 5, 6:15PM

Jerome Greene Annex
Columbia Law School
410 West 117th Street
New York, NY 10027

Moderator: Rohan Grey, President, Modern Money Network

Speakers:
Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School and Director, Edmond J. Sraffa Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Alan Aja, Assistant Professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College
Michael Menser, President, Participatory Budgeting Project and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Brooklyn College

This seminar will explore various initiatives aimed at decentralizing the levers of public finance, and increasing the level of citizen and community participation in government budgetary decisions. Questions to be addressed include:

• How can public finance be harnessed to address issues such as political corruption, copyright overexpansion and structural racial wealth inequality?
• What are the benefits and drawbacks of promoting citizen-level investment through conditional cash-transfer programs?
• What are the capacities and limits of participatory budgeting practices?

A livestream of the seminar will be available on the day, and a HD link will be placed here after the event.
For more information and to register, see The Modern Money Network.