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Participatory Budgeting: “The greatest wave of democracy coming to the United States”

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It has been called “the greatest wave of democracy coming to the United States”. What started in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989 has started to make an impact around the world being implemented in over 1,500 communities around the globe. These communities are experimenting with and implementing a new budgeting practice called Participatory Budgeting.

What is Participatory Budgeting(PB)? PB is “a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend a part of the public budget”. From start to finish this process puts the power into the people’s hands.

Never heard of it? It’s not widely talked about in the United States, however, PB has seen a lot of success and has been implemented in places such as Chicago, IL, New York, NY, and Vallejo, CA. These communities are comprised primarily of minority populations historically marginalized by local government who have become disenchanted with government and feel left behind and unheard.

“How does it work?” you might ask…

First… Community members and volunteers get together to brainstorm ideas. Do you want a community garden, a better park, or better public transit?

Second… Volunteers turn these ideas into real project proposals to present to their community complete with project descriptions and projected cost estimates.

Third… the community votes on where the money will be spent and validates community members’ involvement.

LAST… the projects with the most votes get funded. The projects are then implemented over the next few years. The following year, they do it all over again.

Address inequality, empower your community and transform your local democracy by bringing participatory budgeting to your neighborhood.

Are you interested in advocating for Participatory Budgeting in your community? Join IAP2 USA as we work in partnership with Maria Hadden of the Participatory Budgeting Project to bring you the LIVE ONLINE course Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Engagement.

Our next course takes place July 17 – 28! Reserve your virtual seat today!

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