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Participatory Budgeting: What It Is and How to Do It in Your Community

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 2:30–4 pm


People working out a participatory budget

More than 1,200 cities around the world are bringing democracy into the often obscure and mysterious world of city budgeting. Participatory Budgeting pulls away the curtain that keeps most of us from knowing how our tax dollars are spent. In cities like Chicago and Porto Alegre, Brazil, neighborhood residents are voting in school cafeterias and meeting halls on priorities for government spending. Learn from the Participatory Budgeting Project and Community Voices Heard how New Yorkers are working to bring Participatory Budgeting to the Big Apple. Get a feel for how it works as we create a budget right in the Lab.

Image: courtesy Participatory Budgeting Project

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