UK

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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Democracy for Christmas: Voting on Gifts for Baby Jesus

In the UK city of Newcastle, children are using participatory budgeting to celebrate Christmas. To connect with the city’s UDecide initiative, the Scotswood Play Centre added audience voting into this year’s nativity play. As the play centre’s manager described: “We felt that to include the U-decide concept in the play would introduce children to the…

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UK releases draft national participatory budgeting strategy

The UK Secretary of Communities and Local Government has released a draft national participatory budgeting strategy, and is now seeking feedback on the plan.See http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/participatorybudgeting The plan adopts a fairly strong definition of participatory budgeting: "Participatory budgeting engages people in taking decisions on the spending priorities for a defined public budget in their local area.…

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