Our 4th major conference will explore how participatory budgeting (PB) is taking hold across the globe and here in Scotland.

This conference will bring together people involved in PB in Scotland to share and learn about each other’s practice, to help improve our impact and prioritise future plans. We’ll also have the chance to be informed by insights into PB activities and approaches from across the world.


Venue:  John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh
9.30AM registration open. 10AM start. With a 4pm finish!
We’ll be sharing the agenda soon!

What we’ve got in store

Josh Lerner - Keynote speaker

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We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Josh Lerner, author, Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project and director of the new Global PB Hub.

PBP is a nonprofit organisation that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money across the US and Canada. Through programs that PBP has launched and supported, 534,000 people in 30 cities have directly decided how to spend $337,000,000 using PB.

His work on participatory budgeting has been recognised by The Obama White House as a model for open government, and by the Brown Democracy Medal as the best practical innovation advancing democracy around the world.

We can't wait to hear from Josh about PBP's work and learn from his experience delivering participatory budgeting across the globe.

Learn more about Josh's work here.


Our workshops

We’ve got morning and afternoon workshops bringing together with loads of experiences and ideas around PB in Scotland and across the globe.


  • Mainstreaming PB in Scottish Local Authorities

  • Learning from young people

  • Co-producing good PB with communities

  • Building Dialogue and deliberation


  • Let's Get Digital

  • What place for voting?

  • Tackling inequalities & PB

  • Global perspectives of PB

  • Learning from evaluation

Read more about all our workshops here.

Apply for your place

We’re expecting this year’s event to be really popular - so we’re going to ask you to apply for a place.

To make sure we capture international learning and bring together people developing PB in Scotland, we’re going to prioritise:

  1. Community organsations / members involved in delivering PB in Scotland.

  2. People working within local authorities / public bodies involved in PB in Scotland.

  3. People involved in participatory budgeting work internationally.

We’re full! We’re now adding people to our waiting list.

Once you join our waiting list, we’ll let you know before October 14th if you’ve got a place.

About you
About your involvement in PB
Please let us know which best applies to you: *
We'll be having discussion workshops running in the morning and afternoon Please choose your workshops below. We might not be able to assign you the workshop of your choice, but we'll do our best. We'll have more information about them all to share soon.
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Please select one workshop for the afternoon *
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Your data will be used together with our privacy policy. It will only be used for the purpose below and you can withdraw your consent at any time.

We will let you know if you have a place after Wednesday 25th September 2019.

PB Scotland events are always free. If you get a place and aren’t able to come please let us know as soon as you can - this will enable someone else to attend. 

If you don’t let us know you’re not coming then we’ll charge a £30 non-attendance fee to your organisation. We don’t want to have empty seats while people are on a waiting list.


Read about our great workshops here.