Stephen Walter is a Program Director at the City of Boston’s Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, where he helps lead efforts around experiments in civic engagement, storytelling, technology, and research collaborations. Previously he was the Founding Managing Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. There he led the design and development of online engagement platforms like Community PlanIt, digital games like Civic Seed, analog games like UpRiver, and initiatives like the UN Gamechanger Fellowship and Games for Social Change Program. He has conducted community-driven action research projects in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Moldova, Zambia, Egypt, and Bhutan. He has also worked at the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the United Nations Development Programme, the US Department of State, and the PBS television shows Frontline and Nova.