The question central to my work is one of political participation and how to make it accountable in a pluralistic society. I interrogate what participation in governance means in the beginning of the 21st century and points to solutions from a large spectrum of experts and engaged citizens. Surprisingly enough, some of these suggestions come from amidst the ranks of designers and the design discourse community. I focus my work on the integration of design discourses and methodologies into technologies of government and political rhetoric and ask what kind of citizenship is produced in the process. Central to this problem is how design imagines public participation and the ways in which today democratic participation is framed by design practices which are, given their increasing prevalence, on the verge of becoming widely accepted mechanisms for public action. My work is interdisciplinary, drawing from my background in design, the natural sciences, and social science.