Since 2002, the city of Grenoble, France, has engaged citizens in public decision-making through participatory committees and town meetings. Residents have been able to express their opinions and make recommendations on city planning, education, cultural life, and other municipal issues. Over the years, this program has strengthened local democracy and empowered public participation in important civic projects.
The financial and economic crisis, of which we have heard so much discussion since 2007-8, is only one aspect of a whole series of underlying political trends which have been apparent for much longer: a crisis of (in)equality and of increased precarity of the workforce, a human rights crisis, a demographic crisis, an ecological crisis, a crisis in civil liberties, and above all a crisis in democracy.
The Community Planning Toolkit www.communityplanningtoolkit.org was developed by Community Places through the support of the BIG Lottery Fund to help the Community and Voluntray Sector in Northern Ireland to prepare for the planned introduction of Council led Community Planning in 2015.
In February 2010 the Big Lottery Fund issued an invitation to tender for three Community Planning Pilot Projects and a Learning, Support and Toolkit contract. Its decision to do so was:
The Mayor's Youth Summit was a large deliberative event composed of Seattle-area youth held on April 8th, 2010, at the Seattle City Hall and sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office and Office of Education. It was the culminating event of the first phase of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's 2010 Youth and Families Initiative. This Initiative consists of four decision-making phases that will help set the City of Seattle's priorities for the money that will be potentially be received from the Families and Education Levy, which will be on the ballot in 2011.