HOW WE GOT HERE
Quick History of Participatory Budgeting in Boston
Designing the PB process and writing a municipal ordinance.
Grassroots community organizers, researchers, and political leaders form a study group to research various ways of reforming Boston’s City Charter. The group begins drafting a report, “Rewrite the Rules: Democratizing City Charters in Boston and Beyond” on their findings and recommendations (forthcoming).
“Youth Lead the Change” was established, with technical assistance from Participatory Budgeting Project and Center for Economic Democracy, with a steering committee co-chairs by the City School and Boston Student Advisory Council.
Mayor Menino, as one of his parting acts as outgoing mayor, allocated $1 million of Boston’s capital budget to a participatory budgeting process for youth.
City Councilor Tito Jackson held the first public hearing on PB in the City Council.