[COMM-ORG] Call for Proposals - 2013 Participatory Budgeting Conference - Chicago, May 3-5, 2013

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From: Josh Lerner <josh at participatorybudgeting.org>

Please share the Call for Proposals below, for the 2nd International
Conference on Participatory Budgeting in the US and Canada - May 3-5, 2013
in Chicago!

*DEADLINE: February 15, 2013*

*Conference Organizers*
[image: The Participatory Budgeting
Great Cities 
*Participatory Budgeting
*Great Cities 

In cities across North America, budget crises are leading to painful cuts
in public services and infrastructure - especially for communities with the
greatest needs. Community members are usually left on the sidelines during
public budgeting, with little power to shape the spending decisions that
affect their lives.

Participatory Budgeting (PB) offers an alternative - a more democratic and
accountable way to manage public money. PB is a democratic process in which
community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.
First used in Brazil in 1989, there are now over 1,500 participatory
budgets around the world. Most are for city budgets, but counties, states,
towns, housing authorities, schools, universities, and other institutions
have also used PB to give people real power over real money.

PB has only recently appeared on the radar in the US and Canada, with a few
Canadian processes starting in 2001 and the first US experiment in 2009.
But in just a few years, interest in North America has skyrocketed - with
at least six new PB processes in the past two years. In 2013, around 20,000
people will use PB to allocate nearly $20 million.

This second regional conference on PB will take place in Chicago, to allow
participants to observe and celebrate the final vote for PB Chicago. This
new joint process across four city wards builds on the first PB initiative
in the US, in the city’s 49th Ward. The conference will provide a space for
participants and organizers of the initial PB processes in the US and
Canada to share and reflect on their experiences, alongside activists,
practitioners, and scholars.

Chicago: Loyola University and other locations in the city

Initial Conference Schedule
*Friday, May 3rd: *
● PB Training Workshop (separate registration - more details coming
● Evening Reception

*Saturday, May 4th*
● Opening Plenary
● Guided Tours of PB Chicago Voting Sites
● Concurrent Panels and Workshops
● Celebration and Announcement of PB Chicago Vote Results

*Sunday, May 5th*
● Concurrent Panels and Workshops
● Closing Plenaries

Conference Themes
As an opportunity to reflect upon early PB initiatives in the US and
Canada, and build new relationships between practitioners, the conference
will focus on the following issues and questions. We encourage submissions
relating to these and other similar themes.

*1) The State of Participatory Budgeting: *What is the current status of PB
practice in North America? How are current PB experiments and campaigns
progressing? What lessons can we learn from these experiences?

*2) Planning, Organizing, and Politics: *How does PB relate to broader
systems of urban planning, organizing, and politics? What is or could be
the role of PB in this age of austerity?

*3) Building Connections across Cities: *How do the North American PB
experiences differ from or inform the practice of PB in other parts of the
world? How can PB practitioners, activists, and participants support each
others’ efforts?

Session Types
We encourage presenters to submit proposals for a variety of session
formats. These may include, but are not limited to: *panel discussions,
workshops, presentations, and videos*. Sessions are scheduled to last 1.5
hours, but some sessions may group together shorter activities. Though the
conference’s primary focus is on PB in the US and Canada, proposals dealing
with broader PB issues or other locations will also be considered.
Proposals that reflect a diversity of opinions, experiences and
backgrounds, and those encouraging participant interaction and new
collaborations, will be given priority.

*Panel Discussions: *Panel discussions should be moderated by a facilitator
(please indicate in your proposal whether you would like us to help
identify a facilitator) and should include 3-5 speakers. Panels should
leave adequate time for discussion.

*Workshops: *Workshops should engage participants in discussions or
activities designed to foster learning, dialogue, or debate. Workshops can
be led by a single person or organization, though we encourage
collaboration between facilitators. “Presenting” by workshop facilitators
should be limited.

*Presentations: *Presentations of PB experiences and academic papers are
also welcome. Presentations will be grouped together based on subject,
geography or theme. Academic paper presentations will be limited to 15
minutes, and all presenters should be prepared for discussion with other

*Videos and Other Formats: *We welcome video screenings and other artistic
or creative proposals.

Conference Fees
*Registration will open in February. Early Registration ends March 22, 2013.
*Students and low-income participants: *$50 early / $60 late
*Full Registration: *$100 early / $125 late
*Full Registration + Sponsor low income participants: *$150 early / $175
A limited number of sponsorships will be available for low-income

Note: There will be an additional registration fee for the May 3rd PB

Thank you to the Institute for Policy and Civic
initial sponsorship of the conference! To learn more about sponsorship
options, contact us <pbconference.info at gmail.com>.

Submission Guidelines
Session proposals should include the following information:
● Title
● Name(s) and affiliations of presenters, panelists, or workshop leaders
● Abstract (200-400 words)
● Short bio paragraphs for each presenter, panelist, or workshop leader
(150 words max)
● Special arrangements or other considerations (space requirements,
interpretation needs, scheduling requests, etc.)

Please submit proposals via this online

*DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: February 15, 2013*

*For more information:*
pbconference.info at gmail.com
Copyright (C) 2013 The Participatory Budgeting Project

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