Engaging thousands of people in budgeting is not easy, so we strive to provide materials and resources for local PB organizers and participants. If you’re organizing to win PB in your community, feel free to draw on these materials to make your case. If you already have PB, you can use them to spread the word and improve your process. If you know of other materials that you think we should share, let us know.

PBP Annual Report:

Books by Josh:


Making Democracy Fun

How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics

In Making Democracy Fun, Josh Lerner offers a novel solution for the sad state of our deliberative democracy: the power of good game design. Read more from The MIT Press.


Everyone Counts

Could “Participatory Budgeting” Change Democracy?

In Everyone Counts, PBP co-founder and executive director Josh Lerner provides a concise history of the organization’s origins and its vision, highlighting its real-world successes in fostering grassroots budgeting campaigns in such cities as New York, Boston, and Chicago. Read more from Cornell University Press.

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