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. #PBConf19

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
9.30AM registration open. 10AM start. With a 4pm finish!
Venue:  John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh


Our speakers

From across continents, we’ve brought together some brilliant speakers to share their experiences of carrying out participatory budgeting and other democratic innovations. We’re really excited to be hearing from:

Morning session

  • Cit Lennox from SWAMP in Glasgow 

  • Josh Lerner, Participatory Budgeting Project from New York City.

  • Paul Johnston, Director General Education, Communities & Justice at the Scottish Government

International panel

  • Oliver Escobar from the University of Edinburgh

  • Daniely Votto, DVotto Consultoria para Cidade from Brazil

  • John Maritim - Elgeyo Marakwet County Government, Kenya

  • Giovanni Allegretti Coimbra University, Centre for Social Studies, Portugal

Afternoon panel

  • Claire McPherson, Deputy Director for Public Bodies and Public Service Reform

  • Fiona Garven, Director of Scottish Community Development Centre & PB Scotland

  • Councillor Jennifer Layden from the Calton ward in Glasgow

  • Tressa Burke, Chief Executive of Glasgow Disability Alliance

You can read more about all of our great speakers 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.

We’re all full!

We’re now adding people to our waiting list.

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 might have a few last minutes places, we’ll email you if we do and we’d love to have you along if you can still make it.

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Read about our great workshops here.