On June 8th 2017, the Solonian Democracy Institute held its inaugural conference in Dublin, Ireland. The focus of the conference was Participatory Budgeting and Citizen Participation. The aim was to share best practices in PB, Citizens’ Assemblies and Digital Participation with politicians, activists and members of the public.
The conference was introduced by Dr. Roslyn Fuller of the Institute and featured talks by Tom Arnold (Chair of the 2012 Constitutional Convention in Ireland), Jez Hall of PB Partners in Manchester, Mayor Guss O’Connell of South Dublin County Council, Keith Moore of SmartVote.ie, and Denis Parfenov of the Open Knowledge Foundation.
The turnout was overwhelming and it was exciting to have so many interested people in the audience and so many great speakers to share their expertise in implementing these new forms of Citizen Participation.