Systemic Change Topic re Public Participation in Gov Budgets

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Systemic Change Topic re Public Participation in Gov Budgets

Postby kokomojo » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:10 am

HI All,
If this belongs in another forum, please let me know!It is a discussion about how to change the way governments develop budgets.

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Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 10:19 AM
Subject: [CBPR] Proposals due Jan 1,2012 for Conference on Participatory
Budgetingin the US and Canada - NYC, March 2012

Dear CBPR colleagues,

International Conference: Participatory Budgeting in the US and
Canada, March 23-24 or March 30-31, 2012, New York City

In a time of widespread budget crises and plummeting trust in government,
politicians and community members are searching for more democratic and
accountable ways to manage public money. Participatory Budgeting (PB)
offers an alternative. PB is a democratic process in which community
members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The process
was first developed in Brazil in 1989, and there are now over 1,000
participatory budgets around the world. Most are for city budgets, but
counties, states, towns, housing authorities, schools, and other
institutions have also used PB to open up public spending to public

PB is now common in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa - and in some
cases even required by law. Yet it has only recently appeared on the radar
in the US and Canada, with a few Canadian processes starting in 2001 and
some initial US experiments starting in 2009.

This first regional conference on PB will take place in New York City to
allow participants to observe and celebrate the closing of the city's first
PB cycle. The conference will provide a space for participants and
organizers of the initial PB processes in the US and Canada to share and
reflect on their experiences so far, alongside interested activists,
practitioners, and scholars.

Conference Themes

As an opportunity to reflect upon early PB initiatives in the US and
Canada, and build new relationships and collaborations between
practitioners, the conference will focus on the following questions. We
encourage all submissions relating to these and other similar themes.

1) What is the current state of PB practice in the United States and
Canada? How are current experiments progressing and what efforts to
establish new PB's are underway?

2) What common themes or conditions underlie PB experiences in the US ad

3) How do experiences in these countries differ from PB in other parts of
the world?

4) How do PB experiences in the US and Canada inform key ongoing debates on
PB worldwide?

5) How can PB practitioners, activists, and participants in the US and
Canada support each others' efforts?

View the complete call for proposals at


Rahma Osman
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Re: Systemic Change Topic re Public Participation in Gov Bud

Postby JerryB » Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:30 pm

Good Ideas!

I think the Occupy movement should demonstrate strategies that can change the way the world is run for the better.

On the micro level, there is a certain amount of money donated and a bunch of requests for funding for projects. I am not certain how the finance committee assigns priorities for it's projects and allocates that money but a simple preference vote or instant runnoff voting would certainly help make the budget more democratic.

On the local level if the local government sent out a written preference vote listing all of the things the taxes buy and how that money is spent, and allow the taxpayers to say what their spending priorities would be. The budget would be more democratic. The same could be done on the State and National level. Here is a program for the State of California budget. If we had something like this I would cut military spending and increase revenue from the 1% much more.
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Re: Systemic Change Topic re Public Participation in Gov Bud

Postby plantacara! » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:44 pm

This is really exciting...
I'd love to see our group have a discussion around the possibilities for being involved in this. Thanks so much for the info!

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