Sense LA

A program to creatively harness the power of collective-intelligence through public participation. Sense LA works to build social cohesion and foster dialogue for the betterment of cities and their communities.



Sense LA, created by Berggruen Fellow Gabriel Kahan, is a new program for social cohesion and public participation. A work of Socially Engaged Art which aims to create an urban collective-intelligence resource to help people from all backgrounds and abilities to have a voice in their community, understand their city, guide multi-pronged decision making, and to cultivate shared perspectives.

Sense LA will live simultaneously in the digital, physical and mixed-reality realms, creating multiple entry-points with the information generated by the groups.

The program illustrates Berggruen Institute commitment to create opportunities for dialogue and innovative approaches in governance. Sense LA is also supported by the City of Los Angeles ITA, and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

The methodology, called PREPARE, was created by Artist and Researcher Gabriel Kahan, Mechanical Engineering Professor Alexander Slocum at MIT.


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