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Friday, April 14 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Participatory Budgeting FILLING

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Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budge, enabling taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. Having started in Brazil over 30 years ago, PB has been making a major impact in the US since 2009 with over $170 million dollars allocated in cities all over the country.   

For this session, Maria Hadden and Matthew Slaats will talk about the impact that PB is making nationally and what it takes to bring the process to your local community. 

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Matthew Slaats

Creative Director, PauseLab
Matthew Slaats is an artist, designer, teacher, organizer, and activist, focusing on participatory modes of democracy that strengthen resident voices in defining the future of their neighborhoods. Matthew works at the University of Virginia’s Open Grounds, and serves as the Creative... Read More →

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Maria Hadden

Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project
Maria first became involved in participatory budgeting (PB) during the very first PB cycle in the U.S. in 2009. Inspired by the experience, she took on a leadership role as a founding board member of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). She is currently PBP's Project Manager... Read More →


John Devine

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Carver Recreation Center Classroom Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW Charlottesville, VA 22903