Demo Night is a bi-monthly meetup for people interested in democracy and public engagement to share tools and insights, showcase projects, and to collaborate.
Demo Night takes on the third Thursday of the month from 6pm - 8pm. Each meetup begins with an interactive presentation relevant to current public engagement in the Chicago area. The second part of Demo Night is dedicated to "open-space" breakout groups, which are co-learning and co-working groups created and led by attendees.
This meetup is for anyone who designs, hosts, facilitates, researches, benefits from or is interested in processes intended to engage the public to inform or directly influence the decisions of government and elected officials.
Public engagement processes bring public bodies or public officials into conversation with the public. Public bodies can include executive, legislative, and administrative bodies at the state, municipal, and local levels including school districts, City of Chicago Departments and Agencies (e.g. CTA), and Statewide Agencies based in Chicago (e.g. IDOT). Public officials are those elected or appointed into public office - individuals charged with exercising their portion of power under the law. They can include Chicago Aldermen, Illinois State Representatives and Senators, Cook County Board Members, and elected officials from counties, townships, cities, villages, and school districts in the Chicago area.