Vote by Design: Igniting Voter Agency in Generation Z

Vote by Design is an award-winning voter literacy project incubated at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( that reimagines civic education and voter literacy through the lens of design. Vote by Design’s free workshop is nonpartisan, issue-agnostic and designed to provide first-time voters with what one teacher called “the driver’s test of voting” and another said it offered "lifelong skills every student should learn.”

To date, Vote by Design has been offered to more than 1,000 students across the United States, from the deep red state of Montana to the deep South of Georgia and across California. One student shared, “I thought it was hopeless, but now I feel like I have a way to productively engage.” Another said, “I used to think what my parents thought, and now I think for myself."

Vote by Design partnered with Citizen Film, the celebrated Bay Area documentary studio, to capture the student experience as they develop their capacity to be deliberative, informed, lifelong participants in the democratic process.

Join Lisa Kay Solomon of Vote by Design and Sam Ball of Citizen Film as they premiere film clips and share insights from young voters’ dialogues with one another about what they want for their shared future. You can’t help but leave inspired and hopeful from what you learn!


Gerald Harris


MLF: Technology & Society

Image - Lisa Kay Solomon

Lisa Kay Solomon

Author; Educator; Designer in Residence at Stanford

Image - Sam Ball

Sam Ball

Director, Documentaries and Multimedia Installations, Citizen Film

Image - Gerald Harris

Gerald Harris

President, Quantum Planning Group; Chair, Technology & Society Forum—Moderator