Making Participatory Budgeting ”PB” Familiar to the Citizens of Lahti – Pilot Starting in the Spring 2020

What would your dream home municipality be like? The inhabitants of Lahti get to develop their municipality through PB in 2020.  Finnish municipalities have been quite active in taking up participatory budgeting “PB” where inhabitants get a chance to take part in dividing finances in their home municipality. A third of Finnish municipalities have or […]

NEWS FROM LAHTI EmPaci PILOT: Over 700 ideas given by inhabitants in Lahti PB pilot!

The participatory budgeting “PB” pilot in the City of Lahti is well underway and the initial – idea creation – phase has been successfully conducted. The city received 713 ideas from inhabitants on how to improve their home municipality. As can be expected from a traditionally sports oriented city, the inhabitants chose sport as one of […]

Erasmus+ SEBS2 info: Local entrepreneurship ecosystems and emerging industries –> OECD case study from Poland

We highly recommend the latest article from the OECD with the case study examines the Pomorskie local entrepreneurship ecosystem and regional smart specialisation approach. It identifies bottlenecks and enablers in the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and makes policy recommendations on how to further strengthen local entrepreneurship and industrial renewal. The case study offers a number of […]

About the Baltic Identity

Baltic Identity Tour by the FilmNet Interreg South Baltic project In Newsletter No. 1, we wrote about film screenings as a part of the activities within the FilmNet project  – about “Baltic Identity Film Tour”. Such shows and discussions have already taken place in all partner countries, and the Baltic Sea Culture Center from Gdańsk […]

Panel on “Critical perspectives on participatory budgeting” at the 2020 IRSPM Annual Conference

EmPaci project organizes panel, submit your abstract now! We would like to invite you to submit your abstract to our panel at the IRSPM Annual Conference 2020 in Tampere, Finland. The overarching theme of the conference is “Smart Public Service?”, in which our panel will address the topic “Critical perspectives in participatory budgeting”. Chairs:Ellen Haustein, Peter C. Lorson (both […]

Participatory budgeting best practice from Bielsko-Biała

In the framework of our EmPaci Interreg Baltic Sea Reion project we would like to present the Bielsko-Biała Participatory Budget for 2021. We hope this could be good practice also for our Gdynia Municipality, during their PB in 2020.     31 January 2020 The President of the City of Bielsko-Biała issued an order which defines […]

EmPaci participatory budgeting news

The envelope for PB 2021 in Bielsko-Biała, our EmPaci Interreg Baltic Sea Region project partner is growing! The Mayor of Bielsko-Biała decided to allocate significantly more funds for the Participatory Budget of Bielsko-Biała in 2021. Currently, the participatory budget for 2021 amounts to PLN 10 million, of which PLN 1.6 million is allocated to projects of a […]

SEBS2 project advice: Do you already use social media to spread your good?

Hey social entrepreneur! Are you already using the power of social media to maximise the do-good-work you’re doing? If not, take up these tips and power up your impact! Network with the like-minded organizations This is what our site is all about! Find organizations from our database, join their online channels and discussion groups, like their […]

Umbrella project Micro-activity on Water Management

Another Umbrella’s micro activity was organized in Elblag on 12th and 13th February. The topic this time was “water and water management” and saw the participation of a group of different institutions and experts in the field of water management from around the South Baltic Sea. The 12th February was dedicated to a presentation of […]

Improvement of the social entrepreneurship networking and educational possibilities in the Baltic Sea region

Taking into account the necessity of tackling social challenges social entrepreneurship (SE) has been recognized as a powerful tool to engage people and solve a lot of issues. However, a lone fighter is never enough, so the network building is the key to the success of social enterprises on a country, regional or international level. […]