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Brown Medal Honoree to Share Innovative Way to Engage Citizens in Government Budgeting

Oct 06, 2014

Josh Lerner, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, will accept the inaugural Brown Democracy Medal on behalf of the Project at a public ceremony starting at 4:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom A. Following the presentation, he will discuss how the Participatory Budgeting Project “offers a fundamentally different way to engage with government, and meaningfully engages people in the budget decisions that affect them.”

“Political and economic inequality is part of the American national discussion, and participatory budgeting helps empower marginalized groups that don’t normally take part in a process that is so critical for democratic life,” John Gastil, director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, noted. “The Participatory Budgeting Project exemplifies the essential features the award committee was looking for in its inaugural recipient.”

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