Participatory Budgeting:  Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media

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Participatory budgeting is an innovation in direct citizen participation in government decision-making that began 25 years ago in a town in Brazil.

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Empowering Citizens with Money and Social Media
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The White House’s Open Government initiative encourages citizens to become more actively engaged in budget decisions in...
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