Participatory Budgeting Information Session – Wed, Dec 14, 6pm

Participatory Budgeting Information Session

Wednesday, December 14, 6pm

Grace Episcopal Church – 3700 Canal Street

In a time of widespread budget cuts and rising levels of civic engagement, New Orleanians are searching for more ways to have a say on how public monies are allocated, while city leaders have actively sought community input on the city budget. Now, New Orleans residents have a unique opportunity to learn more about how people in other cities around the world accomplish this through a process called Participatory Budgeting”.

Currently, residents in over 1,000 cities worldwide are coming together in their communities to manage their public dollars through a variety of Participatory Budgeting processes. New York City just piloted a program. Chicago launched one in 2009, and cities in places from Brazil to England to North Carolina are exploring ways to get the people’s voices into their public budget processes.

At the forefront of this effort is an organization called the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). Representatives from the PBP will be in New Orleans next week to meet with community members. They will describe various approaches to Participatory Budgeting. This will include examples of how it works, where it has worked, and what benefits it brings to the community. The PBP reps will also answer questions from YOU, the public.


Participatory Budgeting Information Session

Wednesday, December 14

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Grace Episcopal Church

3700 Canal Street

Please RSVP to Nick Kindel via email at or call (504) 267-4665.

This event is sponsored by Committee for a Better New Orleans and the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance. For more information on PBP visit

The Participatory Budgeting Project Visiting Representatives

Josh Lerner, Co-Director – New York
Josh completed a PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research and a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto. He first became involved in PB in 2003, when he wrote a PB guide for the City of Toronto. Since then, he has researched and worked with participatory budgeting processes in the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Spain, and the UK. He has advised diverse organizations and institutions on PB, ranging from the Right to the City Alliance to Toronto Community Housing to the Municipality of Rosario (Argentina).

Maria Hadden, Project Coordinator – Chicago
Maria is a resident of Chicago and first became involved in PB as a volunteer community representative in 2009. She now serves as a member of the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and completed her Master’s degree at DePaul University’s School of Public Service.

To read a brief recent article on Participatory Budgeting, please click here.

PBP Public Announcement


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