As a leader of the Participatory Budgeting Project, Shari Davis enriches democracy by returning the reins of government budgeting to the people.

Why you should listen

Shari Davis oversees advocacy work for the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), an organization that empowers everyday citizens with the ability to directly manage public money. 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. 

Davis first became 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.

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A smarter future: Notes from Session 7 of TED2020

July 3, 2020

For the penultimate session of TED2020, an exploration of amazing forces shaping the future — from cancer-fighting venom to spacecraft powered by lasers and much more. Below, a recap of the night’s talks and performances. Amanda Gorman, poet Big idea: We all have the power to end the devastation of climate change. Let’s get to […]

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