Joe Moore was the first person in the United States to implement Participatory Budgeting in his ward. An Alderman of 20+ years Joe felt that Participatory Budgeting not only reinvigorated his enthusiasm for politics but helped him better discover the needs of his constituents. His PB website has lots of good information and is a great place to see how they implement participatory budgeting step-by-step.
New York City
New York City now has 8 districts implementing Participatory Budgeting- districts 8, 19, 23, 32, 33, 39, 44 and 45!!!! The districts in New York City started with the PB model in Chicago and adapted it to fit the needs of their communities. They allow residents 16 years of age or older and residents who aren’t US citizens to vote. They’ve also done a great job engaging youth in the participatory budgeting process. Check out their page here:
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Participatory budgeting was originally implemented city-wide in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1990. Read more about the impact this type of governance has had on the city and its people.
“The Experience of the Participative Budget in Porto Alegre”
“The Citizens of Porto Alegre”
Case Studies and Research on Participatory Budgeting
“The Spread of Participatory Budgeting Across the Globe: Adoption, Adaptation, and Impacts”
The Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 8, Issue 2 provides some great resources for reading about Participatory Budgeting across the globe.