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Participatory Budgeting Conference

The 4th International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America, organized by theParticipatory Budgeting Project in conjunction with the City of Boston, will take place from May 20th through the 22nd in Cambridge and Boston during the voting phase of the youth PB process.

The conference is a space for participants and organizers of PB processes around the world to share and reflect on their experiences, alongside interested activists, practitioners, scholars, elected officials, technology innovators and civic designers through plenaries, panels, workshops, and other activities. Programming will be organized around tracks on Youth, Research, and PB in Practice and will lift up themes of inclusion, diversity, tools/best practices, and how PB can contribute to larger movements for social change.

This year’s program will include an opening kickoff celebration event taking place in conjunction with the City Of Boston’s Vote Fest, opportunities to observe the local PB vote, a range of talented and innovative speakers and exciting activities, and sessions at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as other sites around Boston.