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 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.
As the first participatory budgeting experiment ever carried out in Colle di Val d’Elsa, this PB process began in November 2009, with the goal of directly entrusting part of the municipal budget to young residents – ranging from 16 to 25 years of age. During formal and other autonomously self-organized meetings, the participants gathered to discuss and deliberate on projects aimed to improve activities for the youth, that the city administration committed to implement.