Making Capital Planning Fun: Participatory Budgeting in Sunset Park

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
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In a time of rising civic engagement, many city leaders are using an innovative tool to reconnect with the people they serve: Participatory budgeting (PB). PB is a democratic process that gives ordinary people direct control over a portion of a public budget. It empowers residents, engages them in finding solutions, and knits communities together. Leaders in more than 3,000 cities and municipalities have implemented PB. New York City's PB process (PBNYC) is the largest in the country, having engaged over 67,000 residents in allocating $38 million across 28 participating districts in 2016.

Join us for a Brooklyn-based PB-funded project tour, and meet PBNYC leaders to get first-hand insight about administering and participating in North America's largest PB process. Visit a PBNYC meeting site and engage in demo exercises designed for you to experience what motivates elected officials and diverse constituents to climb up the "ladder of citizen participation" beyond tokenistic civic engagement practices to embrace real citizen power.


Jennifer So Godzeno , AICP , Participatory Budgeting Project , Brooklyn, NY , NY (see bio)
Rossanna Mercedes , Participatory Budgeting Project , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)