PB for Sustainable Development

Earlier in June, we were invited to attend the UN Public Service Forum in The Hague, Netherlands to do a presentation in the forum’s track dedicated to sharing innovative practices around building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Cities are especially tasked with pioneering sustainability measures because 70% of the world’s population will live in…

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Reportback on International Participatory Budgeting Conference in Spain

From March 28 – April 1, 2007 the city of Málaga, Spain hosted an international conference on participatory budgeting. I’m posting the conference program and most of the powerpoint presentations below, as well as some of the most interesting bits of information. This is all based on my understanding of the speakers’ presentations of course,…

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Participatory Democracy in Catalunya

Since its transition from Francoism, Spain has been home to a number of experiences in local democracy. Some of the first ones are well-described in the writings of Jordi Borja, Manuel Castells, and others in the late 1970s and early 1980s. But in the last 5 years there has been a real ressurgence of activity,…

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