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4th Int’l Conference on PB in N. America Opens Call for Proposals

UPDATED: The deadline to submit a proposal for the conference is now January 15th, 2016!

Before you check out for the holiday this week, we encourage our members to consider responding to the call for proposals for the 4th International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America, which will be hosted in Boston, MA from May 20th – 22nd, 2016 by the Participatory Budgeting Project, one of our great NCDD member organizations.

The deadline to submit for the conference is December 18th, 2015, so don’t wait too long! You can read the full call for proposals here.

This year’s conference will coincide with the voting phase of the Boston’s youth participatory budgeting process, which adds an exciting focus on young people’s participation in deliberative processes to the gathering. Here is how PBP describes the conference:

The 4th International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America, organized by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA during the voting phase of their award-winning, city-wide, youth PB process.

The conference is a space for participants and organizers of PB processes to share and reflect on their experiences so far, alongside interested activists, practitioners, scholars, elected officials, and civic designers.

The PB Conference will be organized around three themes this year:

2016 Conference Themes

  • Youth power through PB: PB in schools, youth-only processes, and nearly every other PB process in North America uniquely gives real power to young people – as young as 11! What can we do to encourage even more youth leadership with PB?
  • PB in practice: What is working well? What has been less successful? What improvements can be made in the way the process is implemented? How can we do better and be more effective with existing PB processes and how can we put more processes in place across North America and around the world.
  • Measuring impact: How do we define a good PB process? What are the best ways to define success in this context? What are innovative, effective tools and methods we can use to assess the impact of processes that are currently underway as well as to shape new PB processes.

Any proposals for workshops, presentations, panel discussions or other creative formats focused on one of these three themes will be welcomed for consideration, and you can send in proposals via the submission form at www.pbconference.org/submit. For more information, email PBP at conference@participatorybudgeting.org.

Again, the deadline for submissions is December 18th, so send in your proposals soon! Registration for the conference is slated to open in January, and early registration will end in April. We can’t wait to see how this great gathering turns out!

For more information on the 2016 PB Conference, you can visit www.pbconference.org.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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