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    Participatory budgeting may come to Queens College

    Queens College students may soon decide how to spend part of student government’s budget through participatory budgeting. But what is participatory budgeting? “Basically, it’s a direct democratic process with assemblies that diagnose problems, identify problems [and] come up with proposals that address them,” Alexander Kolokotronis, a senior and member of Students Organization for Democratic Alternatives, said. “Eventually, they decide which of the proposals they want to move forward with; so you implement and monitor them.” Participatory budgeting began in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where citizens voted on projects proposed by other residents. Since then, it expanded to other cities throughout the world. SODA, founded in April 2014, brought up the issue of participatory budgeting…

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    Event highlights wonders of participatory budgeting and worker cooperatives

    Worker cooperatives and participatory budgeting were major topics in the discussion hosted by Students on Democratic Alternatives on April 29 at the political science department. Queens College Professor Ron Hayduk, of the political science department, and Christopher Michael, general counsel of the ICA Group, spoke about the importance of the topics and the sense of democracy each represents for citizens. The ICA Group, founded in 1977, is an organization that promotes worker cooperatives and democracy in the workplace through business development and evaluating for firms. Alexander Kolokotronis, student coordinator for New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, spoke about SODA along with the importance of an event highlighting the values…