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Friday, October 18 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Participatory Budgeting Chicago and Pedagogy

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Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process where community members directly decide part of a public budget. Since 2012, the UIC Great Cities Institute has been implementing and researching PB in Chicago in aldermanic wards and in public high schools as part of civics classes. Over 30,000 residents have directly decided how to spend over $34 million in public dollars, co-creating and funding over 170 community projects.

PB can inform current pedagogy in a variety of ways including:
• discussing the differences between representative democracy and direct democracy, and how the context for PB has shaped it in the US versus internationally; and
• examining how public budgets and community priorities are determined in government.

This breakout session will include an overview of how PB has been implemented across the City of Chicago along with an interactive dialogue on ways to utilize PB Chicago’s experience and research for pedagogy.


Thea Crum

Associate Director of Neighborhoods Initiative, UIC Great Cities Institute

Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Johnson Center 209

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