Interreg South Baltic Programme Annual Event 2020 – Registration is open!

  The Interreg South Baltic Programme invites to its 5th Annual Event! Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and concerns regarding the situation later this year we decided to meet virtually.   On the 17th of September at 10 am we will meet to share thoughts on the impact of Interreg funds on small regions and […]

EmPaci news from Telsiai district on participatory budgeting

Telšiai district municipality is going to start implementing participatory budgeting initiative from 1 of July 2020 Telšiai district municipality politicians and administration aim to be more open, more citizen-oriented, seek for greater transparency in decision-making, the greater trust of the residents, using competence, knowledge and willingness to participate in the life of the district. The result […]

INDIGISE project – adjusting to and supporting youth on socialenterprisebsr.net

The lack of visibility, specialized training, support network and infrastructure, as well as limited access to finance are the main burdens that slow down the transition towards social economy and interfere social entrepreneurs for a larger scale social impact. And managing enterprise is even harder when one is only 20 years old or younger. Nevertheless, […]

Best practices on #participatorybudgeting discussed during #EmPaci project meeting

On June 30th EmPaci Interreg Baltic Sea Region project partners met online to discuss the pilot participatory budgets run in Lithuania, Poland and Germany, as well as to share the best practices from the BSR municipalities, where PB already exists.  BISER, coming from Gdynia, Poland shared the best practice from Gdynia Participatory Budget 2020, since […]

Feature matrix of relevant Participatory Budgeting IT tools

On our Interreg Baltic Sea Region project EMPACI website you can now find the Feature matrix of relevant Participatory Budgeting IT tools – http://cities.empaci.eu/ The following table contains an overview of possible Participatory Budgeting (PB) capabilities. It acts as a repository of implantable features. Further, over 50 PB-initiatives around the world were analyzed regarding the […]

News from the EmPaci project on participatory budgeting in the BSR

This month we are delivering to you best practice and news from our Polish project partner, Municipality of BIELSKO-BIAŁA.  “I’m submitting a project”- consultation point of the Participatory Budget 2021. EmPaci pilot testing! The eighth edition of the Bielsko-Biała Participatory Budget 2021 is beginning. This is another chance for the residents to change the nearest […]

Train the Trainer – Participation Requires Training (EmPaci)

Previously published at LAB-innovations -blog 8.4.2020: EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEMS FOR INNOVATIONS Picture 1. Participation requires a new kind of understanding and skillset from those working in municipalities. Methods and communication can be practiced and developed to make participation a natural part of everyday work. Photo: Annukka Heinonen. There are 310 different Finnish municipalities of different size […]

Participatory budgeting in Russia – best practice from EmPaci project

Please read some best practice information on participatory budgeting processes in Russia provided by our EmPaci Interreg Baltic Sea Region project partner from Russia.  In Russia the development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) started in 2007 with the emergence of the first practices of citizens’ participation in decision making on budget funds spending at the local […]

Social Seed Erasmus+ project factsheet

The 30 months project aims to design a new methodology to incubate socially excluded groups to entrepreneur – with an innovative approach- supported by private companies. In detail: Design an incubation methodology for excluded groups to entrepreneur. to build up a social incubator to create a new business model of cooperation between companies & NGOs. […]

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 […]