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Funding Democracy: Participatory Budgeting in Canada

Funding Democracy: Participatory Budgeting in Canada
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: May 5th, 4:30 pm End: May 5th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, Human Geography (UTSC), Geography & Planning (FAS), Cities and Humanities, 2000-
Public lecture series

The Munk School of Global Affairs presents

BIG CITY, BIG IDEAS | Funding Democracy: Participatory Budgeting in Canada

One of the most pressing challenges facing today’s cities is how to involve the public in the machinery of government and its fiscal decisions in a meaningful way. Participatory budgeting, a model derived from the Brazilian experience, gives the public the right to propose, deliberate, and vote on a part of the city budget. Does participatory budgeting actually improve democracy, transparency, and accountability, or is it simply another consultation tool in disguise? On May 5, join us for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of implementing participatory budgeting in Canadian cities.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Josh Lerner is the Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, the leading non-profit supporting participatory budgeting in the US and Canada. His 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. He is the author of two books, Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics (MIT Press, 2014) and Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy? (Cornell University Press, 2014).

PANELISTS

  • Shelley Carroll, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 33 Don Valley East
  • Alex Mazer, Co-Founder, Better Budget TO

MODERATOR

Joe Pennachetti, former Toronto City Manager and Senior Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), Global Cities Institute (GCI), and School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) at the University of Toronto

Space is limited and registration is required.

Register here

For further information, please contact the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs at  416-946-3688

 



This event is part of the “Big City, Big Ideas (BCBI)” lecture series, organized by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with its BCBI Partners: The School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), the Department of Geography & Planning, the Innovation Policy Lab (IPL), the Global Cities Institute (GCI), the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI), and Urban Strategies Inc.


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