US PB Network and US Social Forum sessions

August 28, 2007

As a result of two sessions on participatory budgeting at the US Social Forum, a new United States PB Network is forming. To be involved in the discussions, please join the network’s listserv at http://groups.google.com/group/participatory-budgeting-us or by emailing  participatory-budgeting-us-subscribe@googlegroups.com See below for a reportback on the workshops at the US Social Forum. Stay tuned for…

New OECD/World Bank paper with PB case studies

July 19, 2007

The OECD / World Bank paper "Beyond Public Scrutiny: a stocktaking of social accountability initiatives in OECD countries" profiles 40 government accountability programs, including interesting examples of participatory budgeting in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK.http://www.zebralog.net/open/BeyondPublicScrutinycoverandtext.pdf About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research…

PB in Germany

July 17, 2007

There is a nice new website on PB in Germany: http://www.buergerhaushalt.de About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in the life of Brian. – September 22, 2015 PB Research Series: A Moment with Stephanie McNulty – August 25, 2015

PB Training Course in Portugal

April 27, 2007

There will be an advanced training course on participatory budgeting in Europe June 22-23 in Coimbra, Portugal. For more info (in spanish or portuguese), see:http://www.ces.uc.pt/curso-op/indexesp.php About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in the life of Brian. – September 22, 2015 PB Research Series: A Moment…

International PB Conference in Spain

March 22, 2007

There will be an international conference on participatory budgeting in Málaga, Spain, March 28-31. See details at http://redfal.org/en/node/98 About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in the life of Brian. – September 22, 2015 PB Research Series: A Moment with Stephanie McNulty – August 25, 2015

Report on the latest WSF

January 28, 2007

We have a guest post from Marc Becker, who has attended the latest WSF. These and other writings are available at www.yachana.org The World Social Forum comes to Africa Marc Becker marc@yachana.org January 28, 2007 The last week of January, 50,000 activists from around the world gathered under the theme “People’s Struggles, People’s Alternatives” in…

Experiments in Democracy on Open Source Radio Show

January 19, 2007

On October 25th, the NPR radio Show Open Source featured a special show on “Experiments in Democracy,” with participation from Launi Guinier, Shoni Field (of the BC Citizen’s Asembly), Daniel Kemmis (former mayor of Mizzoula, Montana), and Gianpaolo Baiocchi. According to the Show’s producers, Back in September we introduced the idea of doing a show…

New Thesis on PB in Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte

January 19, 2007

Terence Woods has recently defended his masters’ thesis on participatory democracy in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. It is a very accessible and clear piece that many readers will find useful. The thesis is available here. About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in the life…

PB in Berlin

January 19, 2007

Some news about PB in Berlin, from http://www.zebralog.de/en/000191.html Track your budget proposal – Berlin-Lichtenberg 2008 Berlin, the capital of Germany with 3.4 million inhabitants, has to cope with debts of 61 billion Euro. Therefore it’s interesting to note, how the citizens of Berlin-Lichtenberg have their say in budget decisions. Okay, it’s not about billions, but…

New PB paper: Embedded Public Finance in Porto Alegre

December 15, 2006

The Institute of Development Studies just published a new paper on PB. See the abstract copied below, or the full article at: http://www.ongcidade.org/site/arquivos/artigos/buku%20sumber%20IDS%20Aaron%20Scheneider%20Wp26645819f48b1433.pdf IDS WORKING PAPER 266 Get What You Want, Give What You Can: Embedded Public Finance in Porto Alegre Aaron Schneider and Marcelo Baquero Abstract The problem of public finance in Latin America…

Participatory Budgeting in Cordoba, Spain

September 19, 2006

A recent piece, published in Re-public describes the PB process in Cordoba, Spain. The Cordoba process is well-documented and is known throughout Europe as an example of a successful process. About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in the life of Brian. – September 22, 2015…

"The Gay Bathroom Controversy" and the PB

September 19, 2006

A small story has been circulating in the internet about the controversy in the small town of Pombos, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The actual controversy involves project for a public bathroom for travestis (cross-dressers) is going to be discussed at the next PB Council meeting in the town. The issue, according to a…