“Participatory Budgeting” allows neighbourhoods to be a part of the City’s budgeting process.
Participatory Budgeting info session for representatives of civil society organizations, 18th of March 5 pm at City Hall.
Josh Lerner the founder of PBP (www.participatorybudgeting.org/) will be in Vancouver to discuss with Tracy Vaughan and other members of the city staff the possibility of introducing Participatory Budgeting. The UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (http://www.democracy.arts.ubc.ca/) is organizing an info session with Josh for representatives from key non-profit, community organizations and universities that could potentially be involved in the PB process.
The objective of the meeting is building people’s understanding of how PB could potentially work, and how it might be relevant for their organizations.
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institution
The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions seeks to advance publicly-engaged research, teaching, and dissemination of ideas and knowledge about innovation in democratic practice and institutions. Professor Max Cameron is Director of the CSDI.
Questions from CityHallWatch: We couldn’t help but notice the $800,000 increase in “Legal Services” from 2011 to 2014 in the City of Vancouver Budget. Is this increase for the City to fight back against the numerous legal actions initiated by citizens and neighbourhoods? If so, would “participatory budgeting” help to have the City cease and desist and start respecting its own people more?