US cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle have all experimented in recent years with initiatives designed to give local people a direct say in decisions on public spending. These initiatives are inspired by the concept of participatory budgeting, which was originally developed in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.
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Go where your audience is: what EU communicators can learn from local citizen engagement initiatives at EuropCom
This is a guest post by Aurélie Valtat, who chaired a workshop on “E-ambassadors: Engaging citizens in a digital world” at the Europcom conference on 18 October 2012. Aurélie has been managing the digital communication strategy of the Council of the European Union since 2011. Before joining the European institutions, she was online communications manager at EUROCONTROL, where she demonstrated that social media can transform an institution’s engagement with citizens, in particular in times of crisis. She is also the President of IABC Belgium, the Belgian chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and one of the leading voices in the EU blogosphere. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here on the European Union 2.0 blog, Aurélie!