David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, introduced participatory budgeting in San Francisco to encourage a deeper level of civic participation and improve community investments in neighborhoods.
Participatory budgeting is a civic engagement process that involves citizens voting directly on what community projects government should fund. After being first developed by the city of Porto Alegre in Brazil in 1989, the process has since been adopted by more than 1,500 cities worldwide, including recently by several municipal wards in Chicago and 8 city council districts in New York City.
David Chiu delivered this talk at TEDxPeacePlaza on November 9, 2013, in San Francisco’s Japantown. Video by Arthur Prutkov, edited by Glenn Fajardo. Opening montage includes photos by Curtis Fry, Michael Ocampo, Nicholas Shipes, and Jeremy Cusker used under Creative Commons license. TEDxPeacePlaza 2013 is shared with you by the San Francisco Japantown Foundation.