Here is Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) describing his own foray into participatory budgeting. (“Participatory budgeting” means recruiting deliberative groups of citizens to allocate capital spending on behalf of a government.) Lander does a nice job of presenting both the advantages and the limitations of this strategy. His is just one of 15 talks from “Frontiers of Democracy II” that are now online. They are wonderfully diverse in topic, format, and style, but all are concerned with engaging citizens in solving our most grievous problems.