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  • Participatory BudgetingIn New York City Council Member Brad Lander New York City, 39th District Livable St. Louis Conference October 26, 2012
  • BEFORE CITY COUNCIL
  • BRINGING ENGAGEMENT INTO OFFICE Supporting community organizing E-communications & social networking Interactive online tools NYC City Council Progressive Caucus
  • PARTICIPATORY BUDGETINGCommunity members directly determine how to spend part ofa public budget. • Decision-making (not consultation) • Ongoing process, not one-time contest • Inclusive and deliberativeFirst launched in Porto Allegre, Brazil in 1989.Now in 3,000+cities around theworld … but onlyjust reaching theUnited States.
  • ParticipatoryBudgetingIn New York City
  • Neighborhood Assemblies (Oct-Nov) identify community needs, brainstorm proposals DelegateImplementation Leadership Meetings & Monitoring development, (Nov-Feb) of projects research & research & develop evaluation proposals Community Present ideas to Vote the community (March) (Feb)
  • Neighborhood Assemblies
  • Neighborhood Assemblies
  • Neighborhood Assemblies
  • Budget Delegates
  • Budget Delegates
  • District 39, Year 1:864 Project Ideas 219 Eligible Projects 20 Proposals on Ballot 7 Received Funding
  • Voting
  • Voting
  • Voting
  • Voting
  • WINNING PROJECTS
  • “REVOLUTIONARY CIVICS IN ACTION”• Over 6,000 voters, 250+ budget delegates• Many newly active or disenfranchised • 33% of neighborhood assembly participants & budget delegates said they had never before worked with others in their community to solve a problems • 61% think our democracy needs a lot of changes (vs. 33% of general population). • Racially, ethnically & economically diverse
  • CHALLENGES & QUESTIONS• Extremely time-intensive• Outreach to diverse populations is challenging• Legislative districts are not communities• Very little money• Challenging to link to • broader budget issues • other frames for community planning • equity framework• Relationship between elected officials, neighborhood leaders, supporting organizations is complex
  • “REVOLUTIONARY CIVICS IN ACTION”• Deep participation• Renewed sense of trust in government• Deep sense of stewardship of public realm• Seen as both inclusive & efficient• Pushed within & across City agencies• Opened a dialogue on neighborhood planning• Developed new leaders• Doubled from 4 to 8 City Council members for FY2013 … and hopefully beyond
  • Participatory BudgetingIn New York City Council Member Brad Lander New York City, 39th District Livable St. Louis Conference October 26, 2012