Day 1: Thursday 20 October 2016
International PB Conference

Held at the University of Edinburgh’s John Macintyre Conference Centre, this conference this was the first major participatory budgeting (PB) conference of its kind in Scotland.

The day saw almost 200 delegates bringing examples of PB in practice, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities of PB, and hearing from international examples through a range of presentations and workshops.

The conference was held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh.

Programme details

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Keynote speakers

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing

Kevin Stewart has served in the Scottish Parliament as the member for Aberdeen Central since 2011.

Before his election to the Scottish Parliament, he was previously the Depute Leader of Aberdeen City Council and served as a local councillor for more than eleven years. As a councillor, he chaired the Finance and Resources Committee and the North East of Scotland's Regional Transport Partnership, NESTRANS.

He was the Convenor of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee in the last Parliament and also sat on the Welfare Reform and Justice Sub-Committee on Policing.  He was appointed as Minister for Local Government and Housing in May 2016.

Pauline Véron, Deputy Mayor of Paris, France

Deputy Mayor of Paris for local democracy, citizenship participation, associative life, youth and employment

Since 2014, Pauline Véron, 41, is Deputy Mayor of Paris for local democracy, citizenship participation, associative life, youth and employment. She is lawyer by training and was legal expert for the non-governmental organization M édecins du Monde (Doctors of the world). Politically engaged since 16, she also has been advisor within minister’s office under the government of the socialist Lionel Jospin.

Carly Colquhoun & Darren Deans Young Movers for Change (YoMo)

Darren and Carly are sixth year students at Lochend Secondary in Easterhouse, Glasgow. They have been volunteering with YoMo supporting the YouthBank for over three years, getting involved to develop their skills and make a difference to our community.

YoMo provide services that empower young people across the East of Glasgow.  They host Glasgow North East YouthBank; an innovative grant- making initiative run by young people. It’s about more than giving out grants, supporting young people to build their skills, knowledge and confidence whilst improving their community for the benefit of others. Youthbanks are a form of PB, predating some of what we now refer to as PB in Scotland.

Dr Oliver Escobar

Dr Oliver Escobar is Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of What Works Scotland, a large research programme to support and improve public services. Oliver’s areas of research, teaching and practice are democracy, politics, policy, participation and collaboration.

He is Trustee of Democratic Audit UK, Beltane Public Engagement Fellow, member of the Scottish Government’s Participatory Budgeting Working Group, and Director of ClimateXChange’s Citizens’ Juries. Oliver has trained and worked with hundreds of public engagement practitioners, and is involved in developing democratic innovations across various policy arenas in Scotland and beyond. 

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Young Scot: Young People and PB: A practical PB scenario using Young Scot’s e-voting platform

The Democratic Society: 
International perspectives of PB

Coalfield Regeneration Trust:
Coalfields Community Futures

Centre for Good Governance & Council of Hedensted:
PB in Denmark - Has the welfare state undermined the need for citizen participation?

UK PB Partners:
From margins to mainstream: developing a community led commissioning approach to public funding

Afternoon workshops

The Democratic Society:
Digital technology and PB: Interactive workshop

Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
Visual Budgets: A Swedish e-tool for PB

Sabadell City Council:
Building a common vision and agenda to improve participatory budgeting in Catalonia

East, South and North Ayrshire Councils:
Doing PB Our Way: Learning the lessons from 3 local authorities in Ayrshire

What Works Scotland
Facilitating dialogue and deliberation

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Download the full programme here.

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