A few weeks ago, part of the Civic Media team traveled to Brazil to hold a set of workshops in Sāo Paulo and Belo Horizonte (a city in the state of Minas Gerais) to explore how citizen monitoring might be useful in holding elected officials accountable for promises they make about infrastructure. (For a detailed analysis of some of our assumptions going into the workshops, check out Chelsea Barabas’ post).
In both Sāo Paulo and Belo Horizonte, we conducted three-day workshops. In this post, I want to give a brief account of the workshop we held in Belo Horizonte, as well as share a few profiles of our attendees to give some more insight into the motivations of our participants and their rich lives outside of the event. In the coming weeks, I’ll produce a few more posts to describe the Sao Paulo workshop in more detail, and explain some of the design considerations that have come out of both workshops.