Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting in the United States

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Participatory budgeting (PB) is one of the fastest growing innovations in democracy. Used to empower residents to make real decisions about real money, together with experts, this process has resulted in more effective and equitable spending, stronger communities, and greater public trust and support for elected officials. At this session, local officials and technical experts will share their experiences with PB. The director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit organization supporting the implementation and growth of PB in North America, will provide an overview of PB, explaining how it has addressed common challenges of public participation. Elected officials and city staff from California, Illinois, and Massachusetts will then share their lessons learned from implementing PB.


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