Participatory Budgeting Forum, March 12

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3-12 PB event jpegThe Seattle Human Services Coalition and I will co-host a forum about Participatory Budgeting, and discuss how it’s worked in other cities, and how it could work here in Seattle.

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget.

The forum will be on Thursday, March 12 at the  East Cherry YWCA from 6-8 p.m. It’s located at 2802 East Cherry, just east of MLK. Food and beverages will be provided.

Participatory budgeting is a flexible tool that’s worked in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. It can be used for budgets at a district level, citywide or for specific groups; Boston let city youth as young as age 12 decide how to spend $1 million in city funds.

We’ll have a speaker from the Participatory Budgeting Project tell us it’s worked in other cities in the US, Europe, and South America.

Come find out more, and tell us how participatory budgeting could work in Seattle!

Materials from the January 27 event co-sponsored with the City Neighborhood Council can be found here.