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Participatory Budgeting’s Birthplace Uses the Mechanism to Build Resilience

Participatory Budgeting’s Birthplace Uses the Mechanism to Build Resilience
Participatory budgeting, whereby governments set aside a certain percentage of public funds to be distributed according to the will of the people, is all the rage these days. Chicago’s 49th ward set aside $1.3 million for an experiment in direct democracy in 2009, kicking off the trend in the U.S., which has since spread to 13 cities across North America and expanded to include underrepresented voices like youth. In the concept’s hometown of ... Read more

What Happened When the City of Boston Asked Teenagers for Help With the Budget

What Happened When the City of Boston Asked Teenagers for Help With the Budget
Many young people in Boston just voted for their first time, and the results are in. The city’s “Youth Lead the Change” project, with help from the Participatory Budgeting Project, was the first youth-led participatory budgeting process in a U.S. city. The project empowered young people, ages 12 to 25, to decide where $1 million of public capital should go to best improve their communities. This is real money and real decision-making power.n ... Read more

Enthusiasm High for a New Economy for Baltimore

Enthusiasm High for a New Economy for Baltimore
With growing recognition that the economy fails to serve the interests of most people, alternative institutions and processes based on economic democracy are beginning to pop up everywhere. This movement points to what is called by some as “the New Economy.” Throughout the country people are joining a global movement to create structures grounded in democratic control of community wealth – an economy of, by, and for the people. On May 16 ... Read more

The Merits of Participatory Budgeting

The Merits of Participatory Budgeting
For many Americans, government just isn’t working. In 2013, government dysfunction surpassed the economy as the top identified U.S. problem. A recent survey found that nearly 6 out of 10 Americans rate the health of our democracy as weak — and unlikely to get better anytime soon. But in small corners throughout the United States, democratic innovations are creating new opportunities for citizens to be a part of governance. Collectively known ... Read more