What Works Scotland is inviting those interested and involved in participatory budgeting to a morning session with international PB expert Giovanni Allegretti.
Monday 13 June from 11am to 13:00 at the University of Edinburgh (tea/coffee served from 10.45am, and lunch after the event at 1pm)
Participatory budgeting (PB) is gaining momentum in Scotland, with new processes developing across the country; over 20 Local Authority Areas undertaking capacity building programmes; and a new commitment in the SNP manifesto for the recent elections: “Setting Councils a target of having at least 1 per cent of their budget subject to Community Choices budgeting. This will be backed by the Community Choices Fund to help public bodies and community groups build on examples of best practice.”
This session provides an opportunity to hear about international PB experiences and how they compare to current developments in Scotland. A chance to discuss the principles and practicalities of PB, including emerging challenges and exciting prospects.
The session will be hosted by Oliver Escobar (WWS), and feature Kathleen Glazik, PB lead at the Scottish Government, who will provide reaction to Giovanni’s presentation as well as reflection about the future of PB in Scotland.
This event is free but places are limited. Please register to book your place here.
21 March 2012, 5-7pm, University of Edinburgh
PPN’s Citizen Participation Series has covered a range of topics around public dialogue, community engagement and participatory governance. It is time now to turn our gaze to the digital world and explore how it is opening up new possibilities for democratic participation in Scotland and beyond.
This sandpit session will begin with a series of open questions: Can online citizen participation change democratic practices? Can we talk about digital governance and online policy-making? What does this mean in practice? What is possible? What is desirable?
The purpose of a sandpit session is to stimulate collective thinking: the agenda for discussion grows organically as participants engage with the open questions, share experiences and pose new questions. To get the conversation started we are lining up ‘provocateurs’ who will briefly share their perspectives and engage with emergent questions and reflections:
- · Nikhil Agarwal, Science and Technology Studies, University of Edinburgh
- · Peter Cruickshank, International Teledemocracy Centre, Edinburgh Napier University
- · Ella Taylor-Smith, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University
- · Isidoropaolo Casteltrione, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Queen Margaret University
There will be beverages and cakes. We hope you can join us for this open exploration of multiple realities and (im)possible futures.