Participatory Budgeting

Is 2022 the year for more Participatory Budgeting?

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The pandemic interrupted the use of participatory budgeting (PB) programmes, but we believe there is a growing appetite to restart them post-Covid, especially grant making PB programmes. While grant making PB certainly has benefits, there are pitfalls too, says Shared Future Director Jez Hall in this end of year opinion piece. The work for Shared Future, he adds, is to suggest ways to make the transition from PB grant-making to consider the larger ‘mainstream’ budgets and reach the ideal situation where we have both.

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New Directions: Evolutions in Youth Participation Blogs

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The role of young people as independent actors in their own right, able to define and become architects of their future has changed over the years. In thinking this through, we might look back and reflect on how the concept of youth participation has evolved over the decades since the student led protest movements of the 1960s. Much has changed. In a series of 5 short blogs Jez Hall looks at emerging democratic innovations.

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Democratic Journeys: Participatory Budgeting in a time of Covid

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“We need to learn from the history of building back better. That we need to enable individual citizens to define how investments for their benefits are spent”.
The podcast series Democracy Journeys, by the Association of Municipalities and Regions of Sweden(SKR) is about citizen dialogue, co-creation and democracy at local and regional level. Each episode focuses on various innovations that help to develop democracy. Episode 38 focus on the effect of COVID19.

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Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast: Participatory Budgeting

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The Reasons to be Cheerful podcast, hosted by Ed Miliband MP and Geoff Lloyd featured Participatory Budgeting. Ed and Geoff were talking about a BIG idea that’s transforming how towns, cities and even schools are run across the world. Participatory budgeting (PB) involves letting citizens decide how public money is spent.

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Erasmus+ Youth PB Accelerator Project

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We believe that young people should have a voice in shaping their future through participatory democracy. One of our current projects is a joint project funded by Erasmus+, working with colleagues in Poland, Spain and Northern Ireland, to develop a ‘toolkit’ to encourage best practice and the inclusion of Young People in local participatory budgeting(PB) processes.

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