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Legend has it that when Mayor Menino started Boston’s Mayor’s Youth Council and was asked “what should the kids do?,” he replied back “they should tell me what to do.” Since his days on the Mayor’s Youth Council in Boston, Michael Baskin has always fought to ensure that when government takes action, the people who will be affected by that action are at the decision table. Studying American civic engagement at Harvard, he wrote the first history of public participation in the planning of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, helped progressive causes and politicians leverage new media to create meaningful dialogue with their constituents, and worked for three mayors. After years picking up the stories everywhere from Ohio and Missouri to Colorado and California while working for a Fortune 500 company, he returned to his passion for local government as Chief Policy Officer for the City of Chattanooga TN. There he increased the role of citizens in shaping their city’s budget, helped the police engage more deeply with those they serve, and led a participatory design process by which over 300 young people built a platform for youth voice in their city, Chattanooga’s Mayor’s Youth Council.