Participatory Budgeting Project in Helsinki City Library was carried out with Avanto Insight Oy, Emobit Oy and Sitra in 2013. The participants got to decide how to use 100 000 € for developing the library. The project was first ever participatory budgeting project in Finland and was initiated from my and my colleague Roberto Corsini’s suggestion to the executive board of Helsinki City Library,
My role was to coordinate the cooperation with partners, plan the workshops with the projects team and work as a workshop host. With Avanto Insight and Emobit we created the basics of how to implement participatory budgeting in Finland and how to enhance the customer’s possibility to direct involvement in decision making and democracy in public services.