National PB Conference in UK

August 6, 2008

Coming up soon, for those interested in the rapidly increasing popularity of PB in the United Kingdom: Making Spending Count? A national conference on Participatory Budgeting and its role in Community Empowerment. Organised and hosted by the Participatory Budgeting Unit and supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Keynote speaker: Rt. Hon. Hazel…

Irish Government Calls for Participatory Budgeting

April 27, 2008

Last week, Ireland’s Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, launched a Green Paper "Stronger Local Democracy" which calls for participatory budgeting, amongst other local democracy measures. Read the paper more on the Ministry’s website. About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in…

AFRICAN REGIONAL SEMINAR ON PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

March 3, 2008

From 10 to 14 March 2008, 150 delegates from several Sub-Saharan Africans countries, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and North America will gather in Durban, South Africa to share views and experiences on how to improve citizens’ participation in budget setting at sub-national levels in Africa. The Seminar will be held at Ethekwini Municipal Council and…

Participatory Budgeting with Young People in the UK

February 6, 2008

The UK consulting organization The Campaign Company has been working on a project for the East Sussex County Council to help young people decide how to spend £20,000. You can read a brief report on the project here. About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in…

PB at the Movement Vision Lab

January 31, 2008

I contributed a piece on PB for the Movement Vision Lab’s blog, which is focusing on participatory democracy this week: Money Talks: How Participatory Budgeting Can Transform PoliticsJosh LernerJanuary 28, 2008 Money may be killing democracy, but it can also bring it back to life – if we learn new ways to manage it. Progressives…

Participatory Budgeting in India

November 22, 2007

News update from India: Pune citizens to decide how the municipality spends money Pune, Oct 23 – If all goes well, Pune’s residents will become the first in India to play a major role in deciding how the city municipality should spend its budget.Read more: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/128795.html About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery…

A Football Club tries Participatory Budgeting?

November 13, 2007

In the UK, a mass of football fans has banded together to pool their money, buy a football club, and democratically decide on all major club spending and decisions. From a BBC report: "Fans’ community website MyFootballClub has agreed a deal to take over Blue Square Premier outfit Ebbsfleet United. The 20,000 MyFootballClub members have…

A couple of Resources on Participation

October 22, 2007

In response to some recent requests, I am posting here a couple of resources for thinking about participation. One is the article by myself, Patrick Heller, and Marcelo K. Silva, called Making Spaces for Civil Society.. Also, a course on participatory democracy and community development I taught last Spring at MIT. There’s also a nascent…

Conference: Learning Democracy by Doing, October 2008

September 27, 2007

This conference will have a strong focus on participatory budgeting and other emergent practices of participatory democracy: Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy An international conference organized by the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC)Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) October 16-18, 2008Ontario Institute for Studies in…

Global spread of PB

September 27, 2007

According to the Worldwatch Institute, roughly 1,200 cities had developed participatory budgets by 2006. This rapid growth is at least party due to the increasing number of national governments passing (if not always thoroughly implementing) laws that make participatory budgeting obligatory for local governments: Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and now the Dominican Republic, amongst others. About…

The Church Likes Participatory Budgeting

September 24, 2007

The Church of England recently came out in support of participatory budgeting, following the UK government’s white paper "Planning for a Sustainable Future" (which itself calls for PB). From The Church’s Urban Bishops Panel: “We have recently welcomed the Secretary of State’s announcement regarding participatory budgeting at neighbourhood and local authority level and would hope…

Seminar in Porto Alegre on the Future of Participatory Democracy

September 24, 2007

On October 25-27, 2007 there will be an international seminar in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on participatory democracy and participatory budgeting in particular. The seminar is titled "The Future of Participatory Democracy: Technical Fix or Popular Sovereignty" and its aims are: a. To analyze and debate the place of the state and the urban popular classes…