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Saturday, June 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Changing Civic Capacity: Applying Popular Education Pedagogy to Public Money LIMITED

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Program Description: Come learn about Participatory Budgeting(PB)--An emerging method that gives the people control over public money. 

Abstract: There is nothing more sexy than public budgets? Am I right? However, despite their power to bore folks to tears, budgets communicate priorities and values more so than any mechanism of politics and public life. And, in an era of widespread resistance and dissatisfaction with the established political parties and governance norms, people are demanding an end to politics as usual, this includes spending tax dollars without involving and engaging the people. 

Here is the good news. Despite the dominance of minimal democracy and non participatory structures, there are proven methods of participatory democracy. This session will focus on one emerging practice: Participatory Budgeting (PB), a process that emerged out of post-dictatorship restructuring in Brazil and for the last 30 years it has demonstrated its potential to increase civic capacity, increase government effectiveness and broaden political participation. PB is a process that allows the public to propose, design and vote on projects that are funded through public funds.

This session will provide an overview of PB, its history, and relevant cases. We will also conduct a mock PB session to get a feel for its potential to transform models of civic engagement. Participants will leave with knowledge of PB cases, a summary of the presenter’s research, and an expanded imagination of the potential for this participatory democratic process. 

Challenging Questions
1. What is PB, and why is it relevant to your work?;
2. How do those who participate in PB demonstrate changes in their civic capacity?;
3. What does a PB process look like, and how does it feel to be a part of it? 


Amanda Hudson

Ph.D. Candidate & Education & Research Coordinator, Portland State University
Amanda Hudson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Studies, specializing in Community Development and Popular Education at Portland State University. Her research on Participatory Budgeting focuses on its potential to make civic engagement relevant and fun, and its potential to increase... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen 003 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA