In Finsbury Park, located in London's Islington borough, local residents were given the opportunity to vote on which project they felt funds should be directed towards, as a democratic initiative to increase citizen involvement.
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Problems and Purpose
In 2009, residents of the Finsbury Park ward voted on one of three local projects as part of the Islington People's Project. The three organisations, The Whittaker Centre and Pilion Trust, CASA Family Service, Islington Somali Community and St Mark's Church, attended the People's Project event so citizens could come visit and meet them and find out more about their work and what they would do if granted the £28,000 as the winning project.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
This initiative uses participatory budgeting, an increasingly common method of democratic innovation broadly described as "a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources." There are many benefits associated with participatory budgeting including increased civic and democratic education; increased government transparency; and an increased opportunity for participation by historically marginalized populations .
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
Lead Image: Finsbury Park https://goo.gl/ZET9Nn