Participatory Budgeting Project: Engagement in Real Public Decisions

Participatory Budgeting | Real money, Real power

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money. It is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB gives ordinary people real decision-making power over real money. 

How it works:

Local communities make budget decisions through an annual cycle of meetings and voting. Most experiences follow a similar basic process: residents brainstorm spending ideas, volunteer budget delegates develop proposals based on these ideas, residents vote on proposals, and the government funds the top projects. After funding, the process starts again, and PB becomes part of the way government works. 

Trainer: Josh Lerner | Participatory Budgeting Project | | @PBProject

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