IAP2 USA Sponsors Conference on Participatory Budgeting
A very interesting conference is kicking off this morning in New York City, NY. From their about page:
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The process was first developed in Brazil in 1989, and there are now over 1,000 participatory budgets around the world. It is now common in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa – and in some cases even required by law.
Yet it has only recently appeared on the radar in the US and Canada, with a few Canadian processes starting in 2001 and some initial US experiments starting in 2009. This conference will provide a space for participants and organizers of these initial processes to share and reflect on their experiences so far, alongside interested activists, practitioners, and scholars.
The Conference has seven main goals:
- Encourage critical reflection on the PB processes and campaigns in the US and Canada
- Exchange best practices from these processes and campaigns, and from experiences elsewhere
- Connect PB practitioners, activists, scholars, and funders from different regions
- Create new networks and collaboration, such as resource and information exchanges, mentoring relationships, joint promotional efforts, and research projects
- Generate greater media coverage of PB in New York and elsewhere
- Build broader interest in PB amongst community members, elected officials, funders, and other stakeholders.
- Inspire new PB processes
As the home of the newest and largest PB process in the US, New York City is an ideal location for this conference. The conference will coincide with the final vote of the first PB cycle in New York, allowing attendees to observe PB in action.
A couple of weeks ago, IAP2 USA signed on as a conference co-sponsor. We’re very excited to connect with the PB community and look forward to mutual learning.
If you are among the conference attendees and would like to learn more about IAP2 USA and what we have to offer, please check out our website and contact us, visit out our sponsor table or find our Board member Tim Bonnemann at the conference, who is co-presenter at one of the sessions Friday afternoon and will be attending both days in full.