Why bring Participatory Budgeting to Oregon?
Participatory Budgeting has the potential to reinvent the relationship between People and Government
Oregon deserves a democracy where the methods of engagement are fun, liberatory, equitable and inclusive. A democracy like this would acknowledge the effects intergenerational trauma has on our multi-cultural, multi-racial communities and would elevate marginalized voices (targeted universalism).
is based on trauma-informed community engagement, targeted universalism and shared stewardship, and where the methods of democratic participation are fun, liberatory, equitable and inclusive.
Trauma-informed Community Engagement & Targeted Universalism
Where active and participatory community engagement undoes the trauma of racism, exclusion, and the painful legacies of Oregon’s history of white supremacy, and where public engagement practice is open to all, yet centered on those historically oppressed, excluded, or ignored based on race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and citizenship status.
Shared Power & Stewardship
Where the people are stewards of the built and natural environment in which they reside, and where communities have increased capacity to address pressing ecological and social crises supported by their government.
Fun & Inclusive Democratic Participation
Where democratic participation is an inalienable right, widely exercised, fun, liberatory, accessible to and reflective of the full diversity of the community.