Communities celebrate their participatory budgeting

Musselburgh Area Partnership & Crieff Community Trust have both successfully completed their first ever digital PB process with voting events completing on Saturday 16th March. Musselburgh, in East Lothian, and Crieff, in Perthshire, both received Community Choices funding from the Scottish Government and chose to involve citizens the power to make decisions about how budget […]

Antwerp’s consensus-based Participatory Budget

Introduction As part of our work developing the use of digital participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland, Demsoc is showcasing innovative approaches to Participatory Budgeting, particularly where people use digital tools as part of their PB process. Antwerp is doing amazing things, using small, face-to-face group discussions to create consensus. But they have also experimented by […]

Participatory Budgeting podcast: balancing online and offline voting in Antwerp

As part of our work developing the use of digital participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland, Demsoc is shining a light on some of the innovative ways other people across the world use digital PB. We recently shared a blog post about digital PB in New York City. This time we’re doing things a little differently […]

Participatory Budgeting in Musselburgh: Your Voice Your Choice 2

In our first ever podcast, Annie Cook of The Democratic Society talks to Iain Clark of the Musselburgh Area Partnership about Your Voice Your Choice 2. The Musselburgh Area Partnership is one of the recipients of Community Choices funding – supported by the Scottish Government to do participatory budgeting and digital participatory budgeting.  This is the […]

How councils & community organisations in Scotland can use digital participatory budgeting

The Democratic Society is helping councils and communities in Scotland to hold participatory budgeting processes online. What is participatory budgeting?  Try the 60-second guide at PB Scotland Our work is part of a national programme to help more people take part in decisions about how public money is spent in their communities.  The support we […]

Reflections From Around the World on Participatory Budgeting

The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy is a worldwide network of local government and other interested researchers and practitioners interested in developing a more participatory form of local democracy. This year their conference was in Barcelona and we used the opportunity to run a workshop exploring people’s experiences of Participatory Budgeting, considering how this technique […]

Big ideas to transform the economy: participatory budgeting could be the answer

The Democratic Society were invited by the Open Government Network NI to speak at the Festival of Economics in Northern Ireland, on the topic of participatory budgeting. The conference was framed around Big Ideas looking at innovative, challenging and disruptive ideas to transform the economy. Our Niamh Webster joined economists, experts and politicians in inspiring […]

Zero Heroes Funding Update.

Following our call for proposals to receive funding from the Zero Heroes Prize Fund, we were delighted to receive applications from across the district that wished to fund projects selected by the public as priority in their area. On the 13th November Councillors Rob Blackman, Sarah Osborne and Paul Franklin met to approve projects for […]