UDC Talks 2018 - The Role of Design and Technology in Fostering Civic Engagement and Good Government with Jake Levitas (co-founder of Our City)
Jake Levitas is an organizer and urban problem solver focused on making cities work better for people. Over the past ten years he has worked as a social entrepreneur, community organizer, local government employee, data analyst, and designer — all with the focus of helping cities and people more meaningfully engage with each other.
He previously served in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, where he focused on creative approaches and policies for engaging the public with design. In 2015, Jake Levitas co-founded the nonprofit Our City to help city leaders develop more creative models for civic engagement. As an organizer, his projects have generated more than 40,000 hours of civic engagement, and have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, and other outlets.
His UDC talk will focus on the role of design and technology in fostering civic engagement and good government, drawing from his personal experiences in San Francisco, Raleigh, and beyond.