Community governance: Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:30pm
Community governance: Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds


Professor Steve Johnson has 50 years of experience of working as a community organizer. In this presentation, he provides a framework for understanding the role of citizens in a democracy through an analysis of the intersection among the three sectors in society--nonprofit, for profit, and the public; and understanding the change in a community through narrative analysis. He will provide case studies, including his lifelong work to save the watershed, Johnson Creek, in Portland, in particular, where his family settled 140 years ago.

About the speaker:

Steve Johnson has been a community activist, researcher, educator, lecturer and consultant for 50 years. He has worked with over 500 nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and businesses. He returned to university life in the late 1990s. His Ph.D. thesis, The Transformation of Civic Institutions and Practices in Portland, Oregon 1960-1999, (2001) was awarded the best dissertation of the year award on urban politics by the American Political Science Association. Since 2006 he has lectured overseas in 80 cities in 27 countries to nearly 7,000 people.  He is an adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on citizen participation, community studies, urban watersheds, civic engagement, and social institutions, urban planning, and healthy communities.

Location: URBN 220