Podcost of Laying the Foundations: PB and Co-production in Denmark and Scotland

How do you use Participatory Budgeting (PB) to inspire co-productive ways of working? And how do you engage in rural or urban locations and create commitment within a diverse and changing population? Hear the podcast of our discussion on PB and co-production.

Listen to the podcast for free on Soundcloud

Taking place during the Scottish PB Festival, this 1 hour webinar exchanged experiences of the practical challenges to, and the opportunities from strengthening the local governance of public bodies through participatory budgeting (PB).

What is in the Podcast?

Using a question and answer format we explored the limits to PB:

  • Can we use PB strategically to address wider social issues, such as isolation – and what are the challenges?
  • How to introduce PB when there is no ‘community’ to pick up the initiative, and with what consequences?
  • What can you do to grow a more deliberative and democratic PB beyond just grant-making?

Hear personal experiences of setting up PB processes and all the mistakes we made. And some things that worked.


  • Morten Ronnenberg, Centre for Good Governance, Denmark: Morten founded the Centre for Good Governance with colleagues based in Denmark to facilitate co-productive work and enable council’s to modernise their governance structures. He has led many learning exchanges between Scotland and Denmark, and stimulated interest in the role of PB in developing new forms of community led governance.
  • Jez Hall, Shared Future, UK. Jez has been closely involved with the development of PB for over 15 years, and has been advising many local councils and public bodies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and internationally on how to do better citizen engagement. He brings huge experience of community empowerment approaches including PB, citizen juries and community led design.

Participants in the webinar include:

  • Søren Noes: Chair of the Citizen Action Group of Small Danish Islands. Søren lives on the island of Hjarnø and active in delivering PB in Hedensted municipality. Hedensted is a rural municipality in south east Denmark of around 50,000 residents, and includes rural areas and a long coastline. Søren has visited Scotland to learn about PB and passionate community empowerment and coproduction.
  • Lorraine McKenzie: A Community Engagement Officer for South Ayrshire Council since 2007 Lorraine has been involved working with communities across South Ayrshire on a number of projects including developing community facilities in both rural and urban areas. She’s been involved in PB in South Ayrshire since its inception in 2015 and a Scottish PB Champion.