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Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting


Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an innovative model of civic engagement that empowers communities to directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables residents to work with government to make the budget decisions that directly affect their lives. Josh Lerner, Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project will share the experience of participatory budgeting in North America, and discuss how the process could be used in Hong Kong.

Josh Lerner is co-founder and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, across the US and Canada. Through programs that PBP has launched and supported, over 200,000 people in 17 cities have directly decided how to spend $170,000,000. This work has been recognized by The White House as a model for open government, and by the Brown Democracy Medal as the best practical innovation advancing democracy around the world. Lerner completed a PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research and a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto. He is the author of Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics (MIT Press, 2014), Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy? (Cornell University Press, 2014), and over 20 articles.

Date: 23 February, 2017 (Thursday) , 16.30

Venue: Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F,The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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Public Lecture co-organized by Centre for Civil Society and Governance and Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU