Budget Games in Belgium

Budget Games in Belgium
 
Jurgen De Smet, cofounder of Colearning.be – and our newest Qualified Instructor!– just announced that he is working with the city of Kortrijk, Belgium to bring the Budget Games to their citizens. After three successful years of Budget Gamesfor the City of San Jose, CA,

Jurgen de Smet works to bring Budget Games to Belgium
Jurgen de Smet works to bring Budget Games to Belgium

we’re thrilled to see the game make a difference for communities around the world.

Jurgen had been a longtime fan of Innovation Games and the work we’d done in San Jose, but doubted that he’d see such a community-based effort take hold in Europe. Jurgen writes”Budget Games are just starting to get some ground in the US public sector and, as such, I had the impression that a European implementation was not going to happen in my lifetime. I was wrong!”
Kortrijk’s city council, much to Jurgen’s surprise, recently announced an initiative called Kortrijk Speaks, to better involve the community in government. “Being a engaged citizen of Kortrijk myself,” Jurgen continues, “I could not resist to challenge the Mayor (Vincent Van Quickenborne) to step up and compare ‘Kortrijk Speaks’ with the initiatives in San Jose, using ‘Budget Games’.”

City of San Jose Budget Games
City of San Jose Budget Games

The rest is history … well, close enough. The City of Kortrijk will continue “Kortrijk Speaks” using “Budget Games” as a market research tool, and providing an opportunity for the people to seize power within its City governance.

To read more about the initiative — and get involved– check out the complete post here.

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