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Participatory Budgeting

28 01, 2014

Participatory Budgeting Conference 2014 Comes To the Bay Area

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00January 28th, 2014|Events, Participatory Budgeting|1 Comment

As announced earlier today, the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in the US & Canada will be held September 25-28, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the Participatory Budgeting Project blog: Save The Date PBP is happy to announce that our 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting will take place September 25-28, [...]

6 12, 2013

Second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan Endorses Participatory Budgeting

By |2018-11-21T15:42:20+00:00December 6th, 2013|Open Government, Participatory Budgeting|2 Comments

The White House today announced the release of the second United States Open Government National Action Plan. In the public participation category, the document (PDF) includes several noteworthy elements, e.g. improvements to the We The People online petition infrastructure, further improvement to the rulemaking process, and a promise to continue the work on "best practices [...]

3 11, 2013

Video Trailer: El Figaró

By |2018-11-21T15:42:20+00:00November 3rd, 2013|Europe, Participatory Budgeting|0 Comments

There's an interesting documentary in the works about participatory democracy in a small town in Catalonia, Spain. From the project website (translation via Google Translate, modified): The Figaro is a village in the Vallès Oriental governed by an assembly of neighbors who do not belong to any political party. For ten years now, the city [...]

16 09, 2013

E-Participatory Budgeting in San Francisco

By |2018-11-21T15:42:20+00:00September 16th, 2013|Participatory Budgeting|6 Comments

San Francisco made headlines last week when it was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 that the city is set "to test online participatory budgeting". From the article (emphasis mine): Taxpayers are sometimes the best people to decide how their money gets spent — sounds obvious, but usually we don’t have a direct say beyond [...]

23 05, 2013

Participatory Budgeting: North America Participation Metrics

By |2018-11-21T15:42:21+00:00May 23rd, 2013|Participatory Budgeting|4 Comments

Here's another open data collection effort. As shared on the Participatory Budgeting Facebook group yesterday: Can anyone help provide the following metrics? Thanks! 1. Number of PB voters in New York district 32 this year? 2. Population (not eligible voters) for all new New York districts (19, 23, 33 and 44)? 3. Population (not eligible voters) [...]

5 05, 2013

PB Conference: “Digital Engagement Across the PB Lifecycle”

By |2018-11-21T15:42:21+00:00May 5th, 2013|Events, Participatory Budgeting|1 Comment

Here are my slides from our technology panel earlier today (see program): Session C: Tech Tools for PB (DH 231) This session will focus on the key issues and questions that people should consider when developing and using tech tools for PB. The panel will share their expertise on online civic engagement tools. Facilitator: Alissa [...]

7 03, 2013

What Is Participatory Budgeting?

By |2018-11-21T15:42:23+00:00March 7th, 2013|Dictionary, Participatory Budgeting|9 Comments

As participatory budgeting is slowly gaining traction in North America (see map), two ways have emerged how the term is being applied: Narrowly, referring only to processes that give participants decision making power, e.g. by way of voting on their preferred projects/investments (the "Empower" level on the IAP2 Spectrum) Broadly, referring to any participatory processes [...]