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Working for participatory and just public budgeting for all Oregonians

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING
OREGON

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AMY NGUYEN, PB ADVISOR

We need to change how Democracy is functioning now. What does participatory budgeting – participatory democracy – do? It creates a new mode of governance and it challenges the status quo.

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JAMAL FOX, PB ADVISOR

If you are not at a seat at the table, you are on the menu. For too long communities of color have been on the menu. So if they don't give you a seat at the table, well you get a fold up chair and you make one. That's democracy.

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BECKY SCURLOCK

Young people are the leaders of today. We aren't just the leaders of tomorrow. By engaging in a participatory process with youth, cities are giving youth the opportunity... to become lifelong leaders in civic engagement.

PB, EXPLAINED

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Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money.
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COMMUNITY

DESIGN

BRAINSTORM

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

COMMUNITY VOTE

FUND WINNERS

Representatives shape

objectives and develop transparent process rules

The community generates project ideas 

Proposal ideas are formed into feasible projects

The community votes on projects that they want funded

The government/institution funds the winning projects