Participatory budgeting (PB) is one of the most exciting and fastest growing innovations in democracy. At least six new PB processes have emerged in the past two years in North America, empowering around 20,000 people to allocate nearly $20 million in 2013. The idea is simple – giving ordinary citizens the power to spend part of a public budget. But the practice of PB is complex, and requires careful planning.
In our PB Training Workshop, participants gain the core understanding necessary to start planning and advocating for PB in their community. After a brief introduction, we walk through a model PB cycle, learning firsthand how neighborhood assemblies, budget delegate meetings, and voting work. The workshop is especially recommended for elected officials, staff, planners, and organizers looking to gain a solid foundation in PB before deciding if and how to move a process forward locally. For those new to the issue, the workshop provides key background necessary to make the most of the PB Conference. Contact us for more information about fees and scheduling a training workshop.