Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast: Participatory Budgeting

The Reasons to be Cheerful podcast, hosted by Ed Miliband MP and Geoff Lloyd recently featured Participatory Budgeting. Ed and Geoff were talking about a BIG idea. One that’s close to Shared Future’s heart.

In episode 177, first aired on the 8th February 2021, they featured something transforming how towns, cities and even schools are run across the world. It’s called participatory budgeting (PB) and involves letting citizens decide how public money is spent.

Ed and Geoff asked Shari Davis of the USA based PBProject what happened when Boston gave young people control of a $1 million budget. Brazilian political scientist Rebecca Abers explained how the city of Porto Alegre pioneered the idea back in 1989. And PB champion and Shared Future director Jez Hall spoke about why he’s such a fan.

PLUS hear legendary film maker Adam Curtis on his new series: ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’.

Listen to the Podcast online