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NPR clip on Chicago’s participatory budgeting process

Snapshot I took of two beauties posing with a ballot during NYC's first Participatory Budgeting process.

Check out NPR’s fantastic new piece on Participatory Budgeting in Chicago’s 49th Ward, and hear the story of Robin McPherson’s water park.

Joe Moore, the alderman in Chicago’s 49th Ward, became the first elected official in the country to hand over the purse strings to his constituents in 2009. Three years later, the “participatory budgeting” experiment is still attracting in new residents to planning meetings.

Listen to “Chicago Ward Gives Budgetary Power To The People” or read the story at this link.

Also — please check out my 2-part blog post on the AmericaSpeaks blog!  See Part I and Part II.  Our friends at AmericaSpeaks (an NCDD organizational member) kindly invited me to share my reflections on the first international participatory budgeting conference for their blog.  I wrote the posts (okay – it was one long blog post, so they broke it up into two) with those new to PB in mind, and I would love it if NCDDers took a look.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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