PDF 2018

Personal Democracy Forum
June 7-8, 2018
New York Law SchooL
tickets on sale early march

How we make good

Every year since 2004, Personal Democracy Forum has been the place to come if you cared about the potential of technology to change politics for the better, and you wanted to hear and meet the people who were leading that change. PDF has grown to be a big event, gathering close to a thousand attendees, 140 speakers, 28 breakout sessions and nearly three dozen powerful keynoters each year. PDF 2018 is different. Based off of community feedback, we redesigned the format.


We're changing

  • Our venue

  • our format

  • how you get plugged in

This year at PDF, we’re going to focus on meaningful action and collaboration. This year, PDF will be about plugging you into the process of change-making. 

And this year, we want to make sure we all make good...on our promises, on our values, on ensuring that tech works for social justice, on defending democracy, and on creating a future that we all will want to live in.


New Venue

This year, we will be at New York Law School in New York City’s Tribeca, a more intimate venue better suited to collaboration.

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New Format

On both days of PDF, we’ll start together in plenary session. To get warmed up, we’ll hear a few fast five-minute talks and demos. And then we’ll go deep for the rest of the morning, with five hand-picked anchor keynote talks, each followed by audience Q&A.

Then, after a networking lunch, you’ll dive in to a 90-minute workshop session, led by those anchor keynotes, with some supporter speakers and assisted by expert facilitation. 

The day will end with PDFopen, 90 minutes of unconference-style talks, breakouts, speed-dating and demos generated by conference participants. 

The goal: to help you connect with the people, ideas, and movements that are making good, right now. 

Finally, to make sure those relationships have the best chances to form and stick, we’re building an online community discussion board for attendees to start the conversation and share resources well before June, and to ensure that it keeps going afterward.



What are we covering?

Topics will include

  • The search for new local grass-roots democracy models
  • Fixing the infrastructure of how electeds interact with their constituents
  • How to stop social media from destroying democratic deliberation
  • Restoring real news in an age of misinformation
  • Taking politics back from the two parties and reclaiming our collective purpose
  • The uses of utopia and how science fiction can change how we think about the future
  • Building a new global democratic social contract


Do you have an idea for an unconference session during PDFopen, such as a workshop, demo, training, performance, or something else? Do you have a 5-minute talk everyone should hear? Do you think you have an anchor talk that could sustain an interesting workshop after? Let us know!