Tag Archives: Youth

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

Diary of a young co-op startup: the importance of collaboration

Diary of a young co-op startup: the importance of collaboration
I have had moments where I would give anything to have a "normal job", with someone to tell me what to do, when to do it and to praise me for it. I have found myself valuing what I did in my paid work higher than the time I spent on AltGen, because the rest of society valued that more, too. There seems to be an inherent value in work, but not on the impact that work has on society. Can you relate to the experience of a friend posting on ... Read more