Participatory budgeting allows young people to decide how to spend thousands of the city’s budget. In Brighton, the budget could help to start community projects up to 25 000 euros. In Oignies, teenagers have decided up to 100 000 euros for their highschool while in Trofa both community and school are targeted (25 000 euros).
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Besides these differences, participants of the first seminar Learning to count agreed on some key tips :
Learning about other PB experiences is useful
PB should target both school and overall community
Project leaders should be able to evaluate and negotiate the costs for their own project
Project leaders should get the possibility to get help for elaborating and marketing their PB project
PB projects should be publicized with video and public presentations
PB should encourage deliberation with contradictory debate for each proposal
Ballot boxes should never be transparent
Preferential vote is a good voting method for PB
Online vote should secure deliberation
Teenagers should decide about the rules when PB targets young people
Other good examples are discussed in our project such as Cascais :
Les sessions de participation - Cascais from Learning to count on Vimeo.