Starting 15 November, it is possible to submit proposals to the OmaStadi.hel.fi platform about how to use the funds allocated to participatory budgeting. The brainstorming and commenting of ideas continues in workshops and on the OmaStadi platform until 9 December.
The City of Helsinki expands the dimensions of direct democracy by opening €4.4 million from the City budget for the city residents to decide – every year.
The brainstorming phase – How can I participate?
Ask for help from a borough liaison, a library or the resident houses. Check the OmaStadi.hel.fi event calendar if the borough liaisons are arranging a workshop in your area, where people come up with ideas together. You can borrow the OmaStadi game from the city library and arrange your own brainstorming moment in your organisation or community. Ideas can be filed by everyone, regardless of age or place of residence. In the OmaStadi.hel.fi material bank you can find a participatory budgeting game, an instructions video and other material, which you can use to arrange an OmaStadi event in your area and get to know the activities better.
Evaluation and voting
The City residents combine proposals to appropriate matching entities together with city employees and craft plans out of them during January–April. After this, the City makes a cost estimate for these jointly crafted plans, which then proceed to the voting. The plans can be followed and commented on the OmaStadi.hel.fi service. When the plans have been completed, Helsinki residents aged 12 or older can vote on them.
The City implements the plans which receive the most votes in the voting. The makers of the proposals and other city residents are invited to join the implementation phase.
OmaStadi.hel.fi (Participatory budgeting)
Brainstorm.Participate.Get inspired. Video with instructions (in Finnish)
How do I play the OmaStadi game? Video (in Finnish)