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Democracy Beyond Aggregation: The participatory dimension of public deliberation

This article by Leonardo Avritzer, U.F.M.G., was published in the December 2012 issue of the online Journal of Public Deliberation. The issue focuses on participatory budgeting and its spread across the globe. Guest editors of the issue are long-time NCDD supporting member Janette Hartz-Karp from Curtin University, Australia, and Brian Wampler from Boise State University. (continue)

Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that helps communities decide how to spend public money, primarily in the US and Canada. Our mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue. We pursue this goal by working with governments and organizations to develop participatory budgeting processes, in which local people directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. We build smart and transparent decision-making processes. We believe that people have invaluable […] (continue)

Community Forum Identifies Budget Priorities in the City of Bell

On January 21, 2012 the City of Bell convened a historic bi-lingual Community Forum that brought more than forty residents together to deliberate and to offer guidance to local officials on goals and budget priorities for the 2012-13 fiscal year. This process is one of several initiatives of the new Bell City Council to restore transparent, community-focused government to Bell. Following a welcome from Mayor Ali Saleh, and short presentations on the purpose of the forum and the overview of the City’s fiscal condition, small […] (continue)

Golden Governance: Building Effective Public Engagement in California

A new October 2011 report finds that California’s tough economy is causing cities, towns and counties across the state to rethink how they tackle some of their toughest challenges. The result is a new collaborative approach to governance. The report, “Golden Governance: Building Effective Public Engagement in California,” identifies seven communities across the state that have reacted to the current financial situation by rethinking and restructuring governance and their approach to citizen engagement. (continue)

Government can’t solve budget battles? Let citizens do it.

This article on participatory budgeting (PB) by Daniel Altschuler and Josh Lerner appeared in the Christian Science Monitor site on April 5, 2011. (continue)

Highlights of AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy

This video features AmericaSpeaks' summer 2010 national discussion on the nation's fiscal challenges. The core video is only about 6 minutes long, but included at the end are several minutes of interviews with participants and partners about their experience at the event. www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfOqh_yKPR0 (continue)

Our Budget, Our Economy: An AmericaSpeaks National Town Meeting

3,500 Americans came together across 57 sites around the country to discuss the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges on June 26, 2010 as part of Our Budget, Our Economy:  An AmericaSpeaks National Town Meeting. Participants worked in small groups with skilled facilitators to learn about the issues, weigh trade offs, and express their preferences. Face-to-face meetings at each of the sites took place simultaneously and were linked together by satellite and webcast to create a true National Town Meeting. At 19 of the sites, participants used […] (continue)

Participatory Budgeting Facebook group

If you’re on Facebook and involved in the deliberative democracy field, this is a Facebook group we recommend you join.  Created by NCDD member Tiago Peixoto of the European University Institute, this is “a group for exchange of information among those interested in practices of participatory budgeting, participatory democracy and ICT usage as a support to participatory democracy practices.” As stated on the group’s wall, Participatory Budgeting (PB) can be broadly defined as the participation of citizens in the decision-making process of budget allocation and […] (continue)

When The Vending Machine Breaks

When the Vending Machine Breaks, an article written by NCDD member Pete Peterson, has been published in Fox & Hounds Daily, a website designed to discuss and explain the confluence of politics and business in California. Pete is the Executive Director of Common Sense California, and was one of the panelists on the “conservatives panel” at NCDD Austin. The last paragraph of this highly recommended article sums it up pretty well: It’s a process I have witnessed many times: as residents learn about the difficult […] (continue)

Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Contestation, Cooperation, and Accountability

In this first rigorous comparative study of participatory budgeting (PB) in Brazil, Brian Wampler (Penn State University Press, 2007) draws evidence from eight municipalities in Brazil to show the varying degrees of success and failure PB has experienced. He identifies why some PB programs have done better than others in achieving the twin goals of ensuring governmental accountability and empowering citizenship rights for the poor residents of these cities in the quest for greater social justice and a well-functioning democracy. (continue)