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Welcome speech by Ann-Margrethe Livh, Housing and Democracy Mayor, The City of Stockholm

Politician perspecitives on public participation

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  • Helena Balthammar, Mayor, the city of Linköping
  • Joana Balsemão, Councillor the Municipality of Cascais, Portugal
  • Aslam Khan, Councillor the City of Luton, UK
  • Ann-Margrethe Livh, Housing and Democracy Mayor, The City of Stockholm

Expert perspectives on public participation

  • Giovanni Allegretti, University of Coimbra; Portugal 
  • Josh Lerner, Participatory Budgeting Project, US
  • Martin Sande, Dialogues, Sweden
  • Anne Tortzen, Center for Borgerdialog, Denmark


Parallel sessions May 17th

A - Participatory Budgeting in urban areas

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B – Participatory Budgeting in rural areas

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We will receive current presentations how PB can be developed in smaller municipalities. Take the opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss progress of  PB  in rural areas.

  • Half a million ideas, Municipality of Nässjö, Sweden
    During the period 2016 - 2020, the municipality will allocate half a million SEK through participatory budgeting on two different occasions in the municipality's smaller rural areas. Everyone who lives and works in a rural
    area can make suggestions on how to use the money and vote through a digital tool. Anna-Carin Magnusson, Municipal Council Chairman, Jennifer Cronborn and Carolina Haag Sjöberg
  • Experiences from Scotland, Simon Cameron, COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities)
  • Experiences from Portugal, Nelson Dias, expert, Portugal
  • Moderator: Nils Munthe, SALAR, Sweden

C - Participation in complex issues focus on social sustainability

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Here you will find out how some municipalities work with complex issues focusing on social sustainability. Participate in conversation and exchange experiences with colleagues. 

  • Together for more comfort and safety,The City district of Östberga, Stockholm. 
    Östberga is working with citizens to find  long-term 
    sustainable solutions that make Östberga safer and more attractive.
    Citizens and stakeholders in Östberga have on several occasions in recent
    years contributed their views and wishes about what can be done
    to increase the well-being of the area.Åsa Winfridson, The City district of Östberga.
  • Experiences in dealing with complex urban issues g, Ahmad Rifai, Executive Director, Kota Kita, Indonesia
  • Luton Borough Council, Marek Lubelski, Community Coordinator, UK Marek Lubelski, Community Coordinator, UK and Nicola Monk service director.
  • Moderator: Bernard le Roux, Dialogues, Sweden

D - NGOs role in Participatory Budgeting

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We will discuss how NGOs can be an important part in PB processes, 

  • Shari Davis, Participatory Budgeting Project, US
  • Jez Hall, PB partners, UK 
  • Moderator: Anna-Karin Berglund, SALAR Sweden



E - Participatory Budgeting and dialogue with young people

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It is important to involve young people in social development here we will be able to learn from several exciting examples from different parts of the world.


F – Researchers round table

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Meet researchers from around the world in conversation about participation and dialogue. Take the chance to ask questions.

  • Hans Abrahamsson, Lecturer in Peace and Development Research
  • Martin Westin, University of Uppsala
  • Marianne Pekola-Sjöblom, Head of Research, the Finnish Local and Regional Authority
  • Anne Tortzen, Phd, Center for Borgerdialog, Denmark
  • Tong-yi Huang, Professor and Chair, National Cheng-chi University

  • Peter Demediuk, Victoria University, Australia

  • Moderator: Edward Andersson, Sweden


G - Participation in complex issues focus on spatial planning

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Spatial planning is an area of great complexity that often raises many different emotions among citizens. Welcome to a session with interesting examples room for questions and discussion

  • Claudio Vanni, Manager of Planning Department, the port Authority of Livorno
  • Experiences from the city of Barcelona, Adrià Duarte, Coordinador, International Observatory on Participatory Democracy
  • Bernard le Roux, facilitator and trainer in conflict management and dialogue, Sweden
  • Stefania Paolazzi, Civic imagination office of the Urban Innovation Foundation of Bologna.
  • Moderator: Dr Lex Paulson

H - Participatory Budgeting scaling up

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A recurring question is how we get PB to grow locally and in countries. Listen to a couple of examples and take part in conversation about scaling up. 
Initiative Budgeting in Russia is an umbrella brand for various Russian practices involving citizens in the budget process, based on a similar principle of civic engagement and participation. It covers today about 50 Russian regions and federal administrative entities of the 85 that compose the Russian Federation. The total budget for debated projects increased from around US$ 43 million in 2015 to US$ 125 million in 2016. (Yves Cabbanes, april 2018 ) 

  • Jez Hall, UK PB Network
  • Initiative/ Participatory budgeting projects in Russia,, Anna Sukhova and Ivan Shulga , World Bank
  • 20 years of PB in Germany, Volker Vorwerk, Burgerwissen
  • Moderator: Giovanni Allegretti, University of Coimbra



Plenary session

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Community organizing and collective intelligence: lessons from the Obama and Macron campaigns
An exploration of stories and methods from two innovative political campaigns with lessons for practitioners of participatory democracy.

Dr. Lex Paulson, mobilization strategist for the campaigns of Barack Obama in 2008 and Emmanuel Macron in 2017. 


Parallel sessions May 18th

I- Participation in complex issues focus on immigration and inclusion

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Meet and discuss with municipalities that explores new forms of dialogue on how to develop safe and sustainable communities together with their citizens.

  • Life without violence - Susanna Norlin, Ingrid Persson, Ulrika Stöök,The City district of Västra Hisingen, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Include more people - Annika Hedberg Roth and Elisabeth Iveblad Grahn The Municipality of Fagersta, Sweden 
  • Participatory Budgeting for Migrant Workers, Dr. Kai-ling Luo, European Research Center of Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), University of Tübingen, Germany 
  • Sustainability and Participation in a divers city, Christian W. Hübel, The City of Mannheim, Germany  
  • Moderator: Martin Sande, Dialogues


J – Digital platforms and tools for participation - workshop

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We show and discuss digital platforms for dialogue, how to improve use of digital tools for dialogue.

K - Participatory Budgeting - important steps for sucess and results

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A number of countries have decided that the participatory budgeting should be used at regional or municipal level or in certain activities such as school. Indonesia have decided on participatory budgeting on municipal level and now 72 000 municipalities are inviting citizens to prioritize how resources are to be used. In Portugal, a specific decision has been made for PB in the school and leisure sector. Discover experiences from different parts of the world about how we can make our participatory budget a success in terms of participation and results.

  • Experiences from Cascais. Councilor Joana Balsemão and Isabel Xavier the Municipality of Cascais, Portugal
  • Experiences from Indonesia, Ahmad Rifai, Executive Director, Kota Kita, Indonesia
  • Josh Lerner, Participatory Budgeting Project, US
  • DU Jing, Director, Research Department III,China Development Research Foundation (CDRF)
  • Moderator: Prof. Yves Cabannes  the University College London  


L - Participation in unexpected forms and ways

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Here we give several examples of different forms to create participation in society and its development.

  • Different forms of dialogue in Toscany and other places, Giovanni Allegretti, Italy
  • IT-Guide, New arrivals help seniors with the digital divide, Gunilla Lundberg, Sweden
  • Adrià Duarte, Coordinador, International Observatory on Participatory Democracy
  • Dialogue with self-organizing groups in Cecina, Claudio Vanni former mayor of Cecina



Plenary session

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Active citizenship and participatory democracy around the world. Bruno Kaufmann, the Global Democracy Correspondent at the Swiss Broadcasting Company reports back from a just concluded trip to five continents, 20 countries, 100 cities in 200 days. 


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