Participatory budget making - Great example

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Steven Clift

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Nov 9, 2017, 4:57:32 AM11/9/17
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I recall seeing some Minneapolis candidate materials mentioning Participatory Budgeting (PB). 

Did any of those candidates win?

I happen to be at a conference with both the city staff that run and the technology nonprofit that power Better Reykjavik. 

Info in English:

Try it live (English version) and you can select a neighborhood and then spend your budget (vote) on the community improvement projects of interest all they way through until the end where you probably can't verify your identity as a local resident:


There is a toggle to switch to English. Just select any neighborhood. 

Also note other idea generation projects: https://betrireykjavik.is/domain/1

A few key things I learned:

1. There is a process to select, vet, and document the proposals that directly involve the neighborhood groups. 

2. It is binding on 12% of their community improvements budget. 

3. They aggressively use online advertising to reach lots and lots of people. 

More:

Documentary:

Summary:


Anyway, if someone in city hall or the community would like have folks with this project do a web meeting presentation, etc. they are game. 

Thanks, 
Steven Clift 
E-Democracy.org 

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