New Report: The First 5 Years of PBP
If you’ve been with us for the ride, take a look at how far we’ve come. If you’re new to PB, this is a perfect way to get caught up!
Our First 5 Years, By the Numbers:
May 8th, Celebrate PBP in NYC!
We’re just a few weeks away from our first-ever benefit! With five years under our belt, we’re excited to celebrate the many PB milestones we’ve seen in such a short time, with our friends and supporters. Tickets are cheaper in advance so get them now! Help us party and grow the PB movement at the same time!
And if you’re in NYC, we’d also love to see you at our office warming party and the book launch for Josh Lerner’s Making Democracy Fun, on April 18th!
NYC Votes Big!
With nearly half of NYC’s 51 districts slated to participate next year – representing at least a 120% increase – and new PB staff support from City Council, this is just the beginning for PBNYC! We’re excited to continue working with Community Voices Heard, OpenPlans, the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, and our other partners to support this expansion.
Conference Proposals Deadline – April 21st
Want to connect with hundreds of PB leaders from around the world at the 3rd International Conference on PB in North America? Want to share your skills, expertise or PB experience? Have an idea for an action-oriented, interactive session? Great! You can still submit a session proposal – the deadline is April 21st.
Please visit the conference website for more information about how to submit. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know someone who would submit a stellar session proposal but might not know about this, please share (download a pdf copy here).
Want to get involved or learn more about PB? Join us at one of these events, or volunteer to help with outreach, planning, and more! Click on the links for event details.
Conference Talks by PBP Staff:
More PBP events and speaking dates coming soon. Let us know if you want us to come to your city!
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4. Organize for PB
Call in to PBP’s Office Hours! Once a month, we’ll be holding an open webinar with PBP staff to discuss your questions. The first call will be Wednesday, April 23rd, 12-1pm Eastern Time. You must register here in advance to participate – see more info here.
The new book by PBP Executive Director Josh Lerner is now out! Making Democracy Fun explores how the tools of game design can be used to fix democracy. Two chapters focus on participatory budgeting at Toronto Community Housing. More info on upcoming book talks and how to get your copy at joshlerner.net. Join us at the Brooklyn Book Launch and PBP Office Warming Party on Friday April 18th!
In the Press
California voters passed a new statewide tax in 2012 that’s bringing millions of dollars to the state’s K-12 school districts, and PB can help with local funding decisions, writes PBP Project Coordinator Ginny Browne in a guest blog post for the California Endowment.
The St. Louis American lays out the plan for PB Saint Louis’ first-ever week of PB voting.
A new college scholarship program created through PB in Vallejo, California, is now accepting applications, reports the Vallejo Times-Herald, and up to 75 students will be chosen to receive funding!
The Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California discusses the ongoing statewide PB advocacy effort in California.
St. Petersburg Tribune in Florida covers the campaign by members of the Peoples’ Budget Review to push for an amendment to the city’s charter that would make participatory budgeting the law.