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PACE Members:

We have a regularly scheduled PACE Member check-in call scheduled for Monday, September 17th at 12pm eastern/11am central/9am pacific. We’d like to try something different with this call and so after we do quick organizational updates, we’ll have a conversation with Josh Lerner, the Executive Director of The Participatory Budgeting Project.

In a time of widespread budget cries and plummeting trust in government, citizens and elected officials alike are searching for more democratic and accountable ways to manage public money. Participatory budgeting (PB) offers that alternative. First developed in Brazil and now used in over 1,000 cities around the world, it enables citizens to directly decide how to spend part of a local budget. Called ‘revolutionary civics in action’ by the New York Times, PB offers people a fundamentally different way to engage with government.

Josh and his organization work directly with governments and organizations in North America to develop PB processes that help communities decide how to spend public money. He has a PhD from the New School, a Masters of Planning from the University of Toronto and has been working in this field since 2003.

Our friend Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium will provide some brief context and introduce Josh and the topic.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for this PACE Members-Only conversation on the 17th, and that you’ll invite other members of your organization to join in the dialogue.

Chris Gates
Executive Director
PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Title: PACE Member Webinar: A Conversation with Josh Lerner, The Participatory Budgeting Project
Date: Monday, September 17, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
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