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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Shari Davis. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Shari Davis, often where they are interviewed.

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What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds? | Shari Davis

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What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds in your community? That's the idea behind participatory budgeting, a process that brings local residents and governments together to develop concrete solutions to real problems close to home. In this inspiring call to action, community leader Shari Davis shows how participatory budgeting can strengthen democracy, transform neighborhoods and cities -- and give everyone a seat at the table. "We've got to open the doors to city halls and schools so wide that people can't help but walk in," she says.
Jul 16 2020 · 10mins
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What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds? | Shari Davis

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What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds in your community? That's the idea behind participatory budgeting, a process that brings local residents and governments together to develop concrete solutions to real problems close to home. In this inspiring call to action, community leader Shari Davis shows how participatory budgeting can strengthen democracy, transform neighborhoods and cities -- and give everyone a seat at the table. "We've got to open the doors to city halls and schools so wide that people can't help but walk in," she says.
Jul 16 2020 · 10mins
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What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds? | Shari Davis

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What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds in your community? That's the idea behind participatory budgeting, a process that brings local residents and governments together to develop concrete solutions to real problems close to home. In this inspiring call to action, community leader Shari Davis shows how participatory budgeting can strengthen democracy, transform neighborhoods and cities -- and give everyone a seat at the table. "We've got to open the doors to city halls and schools so wide that people can't help but walk in," she says.
Jul 16 2020 · 10mins
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Who gets to participate? – with Shari Davis & Derrick Braziel

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In this episode we’re joined by Shari Davis, Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, and Derrick Braziel, co-founder and Development Director of MORTAR Cincinnati.

On today’s show, we follow the money. We discuss public budgeting processes, the moral weight of budget decisions, and the opportunities we have to make these documents “living, breathing reflections of community need and community-driven investment.” Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process by which all people in a community can play a role in shaping the kinds of projects their governments spend money on. We discuss what this means in general, and what role PB plays in rethinking public safety and economic development. 

We also discuss the reality for many Americans—especially in communities of color—who have a business idea but lack the connections to necessary tools and resources to get off the ground. Derrick started MORTAR to help people from marginalized groups get the training and resources to start and grow their own businesses. In addition to the programs MORTAR runs, Derrick discusses some of the policies they pushed for locally that have helped ensure the viability of the Cincinnati's Black-owned businesses.

In addition to this background, we discuss:

  • Some of the biggest barriers to challenging the status quo in city governments
  • Trust and mistrust in local government
  • Fighting for systemic change while also experiencing trauma
  • How COVID-19 and the growing movement for Black lives have affected the ways Derrick and Shari are thinking about their work—and what’s possible
  • The importance of narrative shift when conditions shift—and the importance of sharing stories that seldom get told
  • What we mean by “safety”—and who we’ve too often left out of the discussion
  • Investing in the broader ecosystem of social justice
  • How PB is a tool to build the infrastructure for what reinvestment in community looks like
  • Whose talent we’ve historically been leaving off the field in our communities—and what the implications are for today’s recovery efforts
  • The challenges associated with discussing changes to policing and first response
  • How we might make society more democratic and participatory as a whole
  • Key takeaways for local government leaders
  • Book recommendations! (See below)

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Jul 08 2020 · 58mins
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#12 - How Participatory Budgeting is Improving Democracy with Obama Fellow Shari Davis

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“We the People,” as the preamble to the Constitution begins, suggests that the new federal government would be run by its citizens and administered to serve their interests--justice, tranquility, and to secure the blessings of liberty.  The Founders, however, were skeptical of direct democracy.  For this reason, the Constitution established a representative form of government where citizens would elect officials to govern them.  

A representative form of government certainly has its negatives.  Whose interests are really being served?  We see too many examples of politicians who lose touch with their constituents in favor of wealthy donors and special interests.  In these circumstances, democracy is violated.  A functioning government, therefore, needs a combination of representative and direct democracy.  In a direct democracy, the people who show up have the power.  So how do we combine the two?

In this episode of BANA, I’ll be speaking with Obama Fellow and Co-Executive Directory of the Participatory Budgeting Project Shari Davis.  Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power with real money to fix problems in communities that will improve the quality of life for residents.

PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1989, as an anti-poverty measure that helped reduce child mortality by nearly 20%. Since then PB has spread to over 3,000 cities around the world, and has been used to allocate funds in states, counties, cities, housing authorities, schools, and other institutions.  The New York Times calls PB “revolutionary civics in action”—  it deepens democracy, builds stronger communities, makes government more transparent, and creates a more equitable distribution of public resources. 

Shari oversees PBP's advocacy work, technical assistance, and operations. She joined PBP staff after nearly 15 years of service and leadership in local government. As Director of Youth Engagement and Employment for the City of Boston she launched Youth Lead the Change, the first youth participatory budgeting process in the US, which won the US Conference of Mayors’ City Livability Award.  Shari first got involved in city government in high school, serving as the Citywide Neighborhood Safety Coordinator on the Boston Mayor’s Youth Council and working at the Mayor’s Youthline.  Shari is a graduate of Boston University’s Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and holds a master’s degree in anatomy and physiology.

Nov 04 2019 · 37mins
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Shari Davis | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Shari Davis, Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budget Project, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Shari Davis, Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budget Project. She oversees the organization’s publicacy work, technical assistance, and operations. Since 2009 the Participatory Budget Project supported dozens of governments, public institutions, and organizations in launching their participatory budget processes, which empowers people to decide how to spend public money.

Apr 29 2019 ·
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0.05 Minisode: Participatory Budgeting with Shari Davis

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As the federal budget remains in limbo, we had to ask, “Is there a better way to build a budget?” We talk this week with Shari Davis, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Participatory Budgeting Project, about her work in spreading a community-driven, authentically democratic process for deciding budgets. We learn what participatory budgeting is, why this process results in more equitable and impactful publicly funded projects, and what elements need to be in place in order to successfully implement a participatory budgeting process in local governance.
Feb 01 2018 · 33mins