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Have a say in how money is spent in your neighborhood

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Participatory budgeting is a new idea sweeping cities all over the world whereby citizens are given direct input and even the final decision on parts of their local government budget.

Coached by civil servants or non-profit organisations such as the Participatory Budgeting Project, groups of people, often inhabitants of the same street or area, are invited to decide in a group how they would want to spend ‘their budget on their street’.

All the same rules and restrictions of actual budgets apply: there is a limited amount of money and every choice made is another project that can no longer be paid for. Having to reach a decision in group is yet another challenge as the wishes and needs of different people tend to vary considerably.

Through debate, discussion and ultimately voting, the participants try to come up with a balanced budget. Set your town up at http://www.participatorybudgeting.org/.

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    • The Ideas Arcade

      Fab- cheers so much for the link. We agree, they're an amazing organisation! Love what you're doing by the way - great website.

      • CommunityMatters

        Thanks! Just found your website through this post - absolutely love it and looking forward to following you! Especially intrigued by the Sunday Assembly...bet other GOOD peeps would be interested in that.

        • The Ideas Arcade

          Thanks so much the kind words - and good tip, we'll get a post up about The Sunday Assembly (another fantastic organisation - there's so many of them out there it's a challenge to keep up!).

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is incredible. So excited this expanded to California. I really want to get involved in this.