Posts about #democracy
25 05 16
Results for the Kontula questionnaire

Plants and benches in Kontula – visualising participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting is a form of direct democracy where citizens actually have a say in how part of the city budget is allocated. The total public budget cannot easily be allocated based on local preferences only - any budgeting decision usually needs considerable amounts of data and analysis to actually uphold the commitments the city has made to the communities and services that depend on it. However, on the lower level of budgeting - allocating funds between several competing projects or funds ...

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06 11 15
Jane Jacobs inspirational quote: Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

Participatory democracy and what developers can do to help

Even after the birth of the civil society, there has been a considerable gap between established governmental bureaucracy and the needs of the average citizen. Even though democratic mechanisms are in place to elect and dismiss decision-makers at the local level, voting once every four years can hardly be considered a sufficient method of feedback between residents and the politicians making decisions on their immediate surroundings.

Some of these decisions may seem small, while others are more far-reaching. Regardless of ...

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