What Government By The People Looks Like

Budgeting By The People

Imagine if government budget processes weren’t obscure and remote, but were designed so that you, collaborating with other members of your community, had a direct role in deciding how your tax dollars were spent. The latest edition of The Next System Podcast shows where participatory budgeting is actually working and how it could transform what democracy looks like. Host Adam Simpson talks to Shari Davis of the Participatory Budgeting Project, Lorian Ngarambe of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, and Yale University Ph.D. student Alexander Kolokotronis.

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