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Building the Budget from Zero: Online Participatory Budgeting in San José,CA

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Feb 22, 2016 12:05:13 PM

Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San José City Council, in partnership with the Every Voice Engaged Foundation and Conteneo Inc., invite San José residents to participate online in a citywide participatory budgeting event during the week of February 22, 2016.

The hour-long online “zero-based” budgeting sessions will provide residents with an opportunity to get involved in their government and community and impact the city budget.

 

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Topics: Budget Games, Collaboration, Events, Every Voice Engaged, News, Participatory Budgeting, San Jose

Budget Puzzles Considered Harmful

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Jan 11, 2016 2:53:26 PM

In my last post about Participatory Budgeting I discussed why surveys suck when used as a tool to understand budget priorities. But there is game-related evolution of surveys, so-called "budget puzzles", that are even more harmful than surveys because they create intense feeling of despair and harden political opinion. In an era of increasingly partisan politics, budget puzzles are making things worse, not better. What's especially sad about this is that it appears to be the exact opposite of the goals of the organizations who are promoting budget puzzles. In this post, I'll elaborate on why budget puzzles are considered harmful and show how collaborative participatory budgeting is the superior approach.

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Topics: Budget Games, Collaboration, Deliberative Decision Making, Every Voice Engaged, Participatory Budgeting, Prioritization, San Jose

Budgets Are Not Broccoli (or, Why Surveys Suck)

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Dec 11, 2015 12:40:29 PM

In my last post on the San José Budget Games I promised a brief overview of why Surveys SUCK and why collaborative games are better. This expands on my Agile 2015 keynote and will help the Participatory Budgeting community in creating even more participation for our sessions.

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Topics: Budget Games, Collaboration, Customer Story, participat, San Jose, Survey, Uncategorized

Are Participatory Budgeting Games the Perfect Game?

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Dec 5, 2015 2:39:25 PM

We've completed our fourth Sprint for the San José Budget Programs, adding resident recruitment, improving copy, and providing more information on the overall process to our d3decides.com web site. The City has now started to work on the actual content for the sessions, which has motivated me to revisit the core design of both Buy a Feature and the Budget Game, my extension of Buy a Feature created in 2011 for Participatory Budgeting with limited resources.

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Topics: Budget Games, Buy a Feature, Collaboration Cloud, Every Voice Engaged, Participatory Budgeting, San Jose

Facilitator Recruiting and Training for 2016 San José Participatory Budgeting Project

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Nov 24, 2015 10:55:51 PM

We've completed our third Sprint for the San José Budget Project! We've got the core functionality of the San José District 3 Participatory Budgeting web site up and running and are now turning our attention to building out our facilitator team (have you signed up? Well, get to it! Sign up here.).

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Topics: Decision Engine, Deliberative Decision Making, Every Voice Engaged, Kettering, Participatory Budgeting, San Jose

Collaboration at Scale: The 2016 San José Participatory Budgeting Project

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Nov 16, 2015 10:38:47 PM

At the Agile 2015 conference I challenged the Agile community to build on the core value of Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation to tackle technical and wicked social problems on a global scale. And we're making progress! Participatory Budgeting, Deliberative Decision-Making Forums and other forms of civic engagement are increasing, with more cities and governmental institutions leveraging these techniques and inviting more citizens to participate.

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Topics: Agile, Collaboration Cloud, Decision Engine, Deliberative Decision Making, Events, Idea Engine, Innovation, Kettering, Participatory Budg, Participatory Budgeting, San Jose

San Jose Residents Play 4th Annual Budget Games

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Jan 30, 2014 6:06:56 PM

In January 2014, San José, CA residents had a chance to influence their city's forthcoming budget by playing games. Representatives from San José Neighborhood Associations and the Neighborhoods Commission and Youth Commission joined 100s of their fellow residents  to share their perspectives and opinions regarding budgeting priorities for the City of San José. This year's event was the fourth annual Budget Games, produced by Conteneo for the City of San José, and included, for the first time, online games to expand game play  to 100s more San José residents. (And was supported by Microsoft through  it's donation of 100+ Surface Tablets for the event.)

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Topics: Alignment Engine, Budget Games, Decision Engine, Every Voice Engaged, San Jose, Services

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