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Category: Participatory Budgeting


Leadership and Trust from those in authority

      A few weeks ago Susan and I were fortunate to be invited to the House of Lords for the launch of a new book, Whose Government Is It, edited by Dr Henry Tam.  Dr Tam was a senior advisor to the Blair New Labour government and has written extensively on the value[…]

August 26th 2019
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Improving Democracy Through Dialogue – Stockholm, Sweden May 2018

      I am writing this during the lunchtime session of day one at the SALAR conference on Participatory Budgeting.  I am in Stockholm, Sweden (a very expensive place to eat and drink – £8 for a beer!). This blog is a way of me adopting the role of social reporter – not a[…]

May 17th 2018
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Success at “Unity in the Community” Participatory Budgeting Event

On Saturday 6th March, Andrew and Owen from MutualGain  spent the day at ‘Unity in the Community‘ Participatory Budgeting (PB) event at the Greek Cypriot Association in Birmingham.  The events was the culmination of training and support provided by MutualGain to the Birmingham East neighbourhood police team, partners and active citizens. Throughout this period a[…]

March 10th 2017


Huge success for Cheshire East Participatory Budgeting Process

MutualGain’s Dr Andrew Fisher recently supported Cheshire East Council to deliver a Participatory Budgeting process in Handforth last month which saw £20,000 shared between five groups based upon voting by members of the community. The process was part of a £400,000 investment by Cheshire East Council in improving the health of residents across the borough, and[…]

October 29th 2016


Digital Participatory Budgeting: Opportunities and challenges

  Digital PB Workshop at the International PB conference on 20th October 2016:  Reflections from Susan Ritchie, Acting UK PB Network Chair and Director of MutualGain I have just left the exceptionally good international PB conference held in Edinburgh by the Scottish Government, in partnership with the PB Partners and the SCDC.  Well done to[…]

October 24th 2016
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When East meets West. A view of Participatory Budgeting (PB) from the Far East

A guest blog by Susan Ritchie, describing her recent visit to China to exchange learning on PB. The Invitation PB Partners supports Participatory Budgeting as a method of improving democracy, community engagement, and wider social justice across the UK.  PB in all of its forms (of which there are many emerging) enables communities or organisations[…]

October 23rd 2016
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