Key note

Keynote 2013 | Borders to Cross

Geoff Mulgan and Jim Diers delivered a key note speech during the Borders to Cross Conference 2013.


Jim Diers | Borders to Cross

Jim Diers

Participatory democracy has been Jim Diers‘ preoccupation and his career for the past 30 years. In his work with grassroots community organizations, with the nation’s largest health care cooperative and with city government, Jim has found ways to get people more involved with their communities and with decisions that affect their lives.

He was appointed the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over the next 14 years. His work in the Department of Neighborhoods was recognized among others, with an Innovations Award from the Kennedy School of Government.

Currently, Jim teaches courses in community organizing and development at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations, and government. Jim’s book, “Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way,” is available in both English and Chinese editions.


Geoff Mulgan | Borders to Cross

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Visiting Professor at University College London, the London School of Economics and the University of Melbourne. From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.

Geoff Mulgan is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve. He is also currently chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange.

At Borders to Cross Geoff Mulgan will be discussing the future of democratic and social innovation and democratic principles of civic driven change. He will also reflect on the transforming roles and responsibilities of society, government, market and the professionals working in these systems. Download Geoff Mulgan’s Borders to Cross keynote presentation here.