“Alternative green city financing through participatory budgeting and crowdfunding” event

“Alternative green city financing through participatory budgeting and crowdfunding” event

Yesterday REScoop.eu attended the “Alternative green city financing through participatory budgeting and crowdfunding” event organised by the city of Wroclaw and ICLEI.

The panelists presented different approaches to participatory budgeting. We learnt from cities of Wroclaw, Aarhus and Antwerp about their experiences with PB and about numerous democratic innovation that the process created in their own communities.

By the end of the lively discussion, it has been concluded that more attention needs to be dedicated towards three different topics:

- a better communication across disciplines is needed. We might need to rethink the use of technology and the approach to it. Social needs shall come first, technology should follow

- crowdfunding is still an open book in many respects and should be investigated closely

- when it comes to participatory budgeting the process is as important as the results.