Dan, yes indeed! We'd be happy to have you. And Adam, thanks for sharing the Open Budget work here, it's so powerful and relevant.
Thanks for starting this thread, Dan! The Community Democracy Project is a grassroots group in Oakland working on just this--bringing robust participatory budgeting to our city. We're working on an initiative campaign, and are in organizing mode--so if you like the idea and want to learn more, get in touch! Know of an organization, church, or event where we should have a presence? Make the connection with CDP--you can help make direct democracy a reality! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit us at communitydemocracyproject.org (our website is in development), and please like us on facebook.
So do I! I work with a grassroots organization called the Community Democracy Project, and we're taking a stab at elevating direct democracy and civic engagement in Oakland by putting the people in charge of public resources--as First Five says, "Our Budget, Our Rules!" This summer, we're launching an initiative campaign, with the support of many community organizations and leaders--direct democracy starts with our tax dollars and our city budget! Our website is in development, at communitydemocracyproject.org, and we're on facebook as well. This is a great opportunity to take action on this issue--to take "public communication" a step up, to real public power. Get in touch with us--we need volunteers!