INTERTWINE SUMMIT 2021
Envisioning a New Way to Invest in Nature Workshop
3:50 to 4:50 p.m.
Government budgets can be confusing and hard to understand. Existing ways that people can influence budgets range from nonexistent to tokenistic, making it extremely difficult for community members to effectively advocate for nature and other priorities. But there is a different way. This session will explore participatory budgeting, a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend public funds, including possible uses and implications for parks and nature throughout our region.
The workshop will be facilitated by Amanda Hudson, Participatory Budgeting Oregon
Amanda Hudson, Participatory Budgeting Oregon
Amanda Hudson (she/her) leads educational programming and implementation. Amanda came to Participatory Budgeting (PB) through her research as a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Studies at Portland State University. Learning how PB emerged from radical democracy and popular education movements in the Global South, she became passionate about how it can redistribute knowledge and power in order to create community-led change. She has a vision for PB as the first step in transforming our local democracies into spaces where ordinary people can exercise their civic & political agency to access systemic power.