My name is Shari Davis,
我是夏利·戴维斯 （Shari Davis），
and let's be honest,
I'm a recovering government employee.
And I say that with a huge shout-out to the folks that work in government
and on systems change.
It can be isolating.
And the work can feel impossible.
But government is the people that show up.
Really, it's the people that can show up
and are committed to the promise that public service offers:
and fixing the problems that community members face.
Seventeen years ago,
I walked through city hall for the first time as a staff member.
And that walk revealed something to me.
There weren't many people who looked like me
that worked in the building.
And yet, there were folks committed to addressing hundreds of years
of systemic inequity
that left some behind and many ignored.
Where there was promise,
there was a huge problem.
You see, democracy, as it was originally designed,
had a fatal flaw.
It only laid pipeline for rich white men to progress.
And now, if you're a smart rich white man,
you understand why I say that's a problem.
Massive talent has been left off the field.
Our moral imaginations have grown anemic.
Our highest offices are plagued by corruption.
We're on the brink of a sort of apathetic apocalypse,
We've got to open the doors
to city halls and schools
so wide that people can't help but walk in.
We've got to throw out the old top-down processes
that got us into this mess,
with new faces around the table,
new voices in the mix,
and we have to welcome new perspectives every step of the way.
Not because it's the right thing to do --
although it is --
but because that's the only way for us to all succeed together.
And here's the best news of all.
I know how to do it.
The answer -- well, an answer,
is participatory budgeting.
Participatory budgeting, or "PB" for short.
PB is a process that brings community and government together
to ideate, develop concrete proposals
and vote on projects that solve real problems in community.
Now I realize that people don't get up and dance
when I start talking about public budgets.
But participatory budgeting
is actually about collective, radical imagination.
Everyone has a role to play in PB,
在 PB 中，每个人 都承担着一个任务，
because it allows community members to craft real solutions
to real problems
and provides the infrastructure for the promise of government.
it's how I saw a democracy actually work for the first time.
I remember it like it was yesterday.
It was 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts,
2014 年， 在马萨诸塞州的波士顿，
and mayor Menino asked me
to launch the country's first youth-focused PB effort
with one million dollars of city funds.
发起全国第一个 以年轻人为中心的 PB 计划。
Now, we didn't start with line items and limits
or spreadsheets and formulas.
We started with people.
We wanted to make sure that everyone was listened to.
So we brought in young people
from historically and traditionally marginalized neighborhoods,
members of the queer community
and youth that were formerly incarcerated,
and together, often with pizza and a sugar-free beverage,
we talked about how to make Boston better.
And we designed a process that we called "Youth Lead the Change."
We imagined a Boston
where young people could access the information
that they need to thrive.
Where they could feel safe in their communities,
and where they can transform public spaces into real hubs of life
And that's exactly what they did.
young people allocated 90,000 dollars to increase technology access
这些年轻人用 9 万美元 为波士顿公立高中的学生们
for Boston public high school students,
by delivering laptops right to Boston public high schools,
so that students could thrive inside and outside of the classroom.
They allocated 60,000 dollars to creating art walls
他们还花费了 6 万美元 建造艺术墙，
that literally and figuratively brightened up public spaces.
But they addressed a more important problem.
Young people were being criminalized and pulled into the justice system
for putting their art on walls.
So this gave them a safe space to practice their craft.
They allocated 400,000 dollars to renovating parks,
他们还用了 40 万美元 去重修公园，
to make them more accessible for all people of all bodies.
this didn't go as smoothly as we had planned.
Right before we broke ground on the park,
we actually found out that it was on top of an archaeological site
and had to halt construction.
I thought I broke PB.
我认为我的 PB 计划要泡汤了。
But because the city was so committed to the project,
that's not what happened.
They invited community in to do a dig,
protected the site,
extended Boston's history
and then moved forward with the renovation.
If that isn't a reflection of radical imagination in government,
I don't know what is.
What sounds simple
is actually transformational for the people and communities involved.
I'm seeing community members shape transportation access,
improve their schools
and even transform government buildings,
so that there is space inside of them for them.
Before we had PB,
I would see people who look like me
and come from where I come from
walk in to government buildings for this new initiative
or that new working group,
and then I'd watch them walk right back out.
Sometimes I wouldn't see them again.
It's because their expertise was being unvalued.
They weren't truly being engaged in the process.
Put PB is different.
When we started doing PB,
当我们开始做 PB 计划时，
I met amazing young leaders across the city.
One in particular, a rock star, Malachi Hernandez,
其中有个年轻人令人印象非常深刻，他叫 马拉凯·埃尔南德斯（Malachi Hernandez），
came into a community meeting --
shy, curious, a little quiet.
and became one of the young people hoping to lead the project.
Now fast-forward a couple of years.
Malachi was the first in his family to attend college.
A couple of weeks ago,
he was the first in his family to graduate.
in the Obama White House several times
曾多次参加 “兄弟守望” （My Brother's Keeper）计划。
as part of the My Brother's Keeper initiative.
President Obama even quotes Malachi in interviews.
It's true, you can look it up.
Malachi got engaged, stayed engaged,
and is out here changing the way we think about community leadership
Or my friend Maria Hadden,
又比如我的朋友 玛丽亚·哈登（Maria Hadden），
who was involved in the first PB process in Chicago.
参加了芝加哥市第一个 PB 计划，
Then went on to become a founding
participatory budgeting project board member,
eventually a staff member,
and then unseated a 28-year incumbent,
取代了一个 在位 28 年的官员，
becoming the first queer Black alderperson
in Chicago's history.
That's real engagement.
That's being taken seriously.
That's building out and building on community leadership.
That's system change.
And it's not just in the US either.
After starting 30 years ago in Brazil,
自 30 年前诞生于巴西，
PB has spread to over 7,000 cities across the globe.
PB 计划已遍布全球 超过 7000 个城市。
the mayor puts up five percent of her budget,
市长拨出了 5% 的预算——
over 100 million euros,
超过 1 亿欧元——
for community members to decide on and shape their city.
Globally, PB has been shown to improve public health,
在全球，PB 计划 可以有效改善公共卫生、
and increase trust in government.
Now we know the challenges that we face in today's society.
How can we expect people to feel motivated,
to show up to the polls
when they can't trust that government is run by and for the people.
I argue that we haven't actually experienced
true participatory democracy
in these United States of America just yet.
But democracy is a living, breathing thing.
And it's still our birthright.
It's time to renew trust, and that's not going to come easy.
We have to build new ways of thinking,
of talking, of working, of dreaming, of planning
What would America look like if everyone had a seat at the table?
If we took the time to reimagine what's possible,
and then ask, "How do we get there?"
My favorite author, Octavia Butler, says it best.
我最喜欢的作家 奥克塔维娅·巴特勒（Octavia Butler）
In "Parable of the Sower," basically my Bible, she says,
"All that you touch You Change.
All that you Change Changes you.
The only lasting truth Is Change.
It's time for these 50 states to change.
现在是时候 让美国的 50 个州改变了。
What got us here sure as hell won't get us there.
We've got to kick the walls of power down
and plant gardens of genuine democracy in their place.
That's how we change systems.
By opening doors so wide
that people can't help but walk in.
So what's stopping you
from bringing participatory budgeting to your community?