PB Scotland step-by-step guide:
PB comes in all shapes and sizes, but often it looks like this:
1. Groups pitch their ideas to share the day's funds
2. People vote for their favourites
3. The groups with the most votes are awarded the funds
PB also happens online, where digital tools help PB scale up to reach millions of people.
It's used across the world, and now in Scotland where PB events are being run by public bodies and local communities across the country.
From healthy eating to youth work, participatory budgeting is giving thousands of people a say about the local issues important to them.
Participatory budgeting events bring people together for discussion, food, music and fun...
...and can help encourage people to become more involved in local decision making and democracy.
PB Scotland helps to cover some of the participatory budgeting taking place through our event reports - capturing the activity, enthusiasm and learning.
It takes a lot to fill a community hall on a rainy Saturday morning, but for the people of the Woodburn and Dalkeith communities, the chance to showcase their local activities and bid for their share of £18,000 was just enough to whet their appetites.
With local election turnout still relatively low, where do we start with getting people more engaged – and where does participatory budgeting fit in?
As Participatory Budgeting moves from Grants to Mainstream Budgets the PB Advisory Group are looking for clarity about the road ahead.
ng homes has written a blog about its work with young people across North Glasgow, culminating in a Community Choices budgeting event on 28th March in Springburn Academy, Glasgow.
In this blog, David Ramsay, Development Worker, Glasgow Homelessness Network, goes into detail about some of the work he carried out to engage people in Glasgow community budgeting events which took place last year.
Guten Tag! Buenas Noches! Bonsoir! Good evening! were the welcomes which kicked off the evening at Woodside Hall in Maryhill on Thursday 20th April 2017. Community groups of all sizes came together to submit their ideas for promoting inclusion in Glasgow North.
UpNorth! Community Chest has provided a blog reporting on the recent PB process in Tongue, Sutherland on the March 11th 2017.
The event in Orkney demonstrates the innate flexibility of the PB process. The inter-island vote and discussion on the day were a masterclass in co-operation.
Where else other than a PB event would community projects offer each other the free use of a hearing loop, a spare couple of desks for working at and hens for a chicken coop?
In March Castlemilk saw participatory budgeting with a twist. They called it ‘community funding’, but rather than being about a community of place this event was about funding for two school communities.
Kirkconnel and Kelloholm PB event this weekend was about more than just money, it gave lots of small groups the opportunity to be heard by their community. The audience showed their appreciation for them by listening carefully in absolute silence.