Posts by Ashley Brennan

A PB Love Story: How Catherine and Neil Met

On Valentine’s Day, we bring you a story of love and democracy. Catherine Zinnel used to be the coordinator for participatory budgeting (PB) in New York City Council Member Brad Lander’s office. She met her now-husband Neil Reilly when he got involved as a PB volunteer. PB brings people together. For Catherine and Neil, PB…

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Our top 6 social media posts of 2018

2018 was a big year for participatory budgeting (PB), thanks to you! Looking back on our year in social media, we won great victories that make us optimistic going into 2019. Check out the highlights below, then make an end of year donation to support more victories in 2019! 1. De Blasio Announces Launch of…

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PBS Releases New Film on PBNYC

Participatory Budgeting has never been more beautiful! PBS’ acclaimed documentary film series POV just released Public Money, a stunning short film on Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC). Produced by our friends at Meerkat Media, the 15-minute film follows community members in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood as they launch PB in the district. Here’s…

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School engagement that’s almost too good to be true

Last year, we shared the very wonderful story of how Participatory Budgeting (PB) was introduced at P.S. 139, a local elementary school in Brooklyn where Miro (the son of our co-Executive Director Josh Lerner) goes to school.  PB addressed a sincere need at P.S. 139: a need to connect with families at a school of nearly…

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Building Participatory Democracy at International Conference

Seventeen-year-old Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellow Jacinta Ojevwe stood before an international audience at our Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference and said, “To breathe life into this revolution, young people must be involved. That means we have to go to where young people are” just before she declared: “I am not just here for this conference,…

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BIG News for PB in Schools – and a BIG invitation!

Did you hear? Just this week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in all public high schools in New York City! That’s over 400 schools in total! In his State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio emphasized: “We’ve got to prove to our young people that they’ve got the…

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Register Now – Upcoming PB trainings filling up fast!

Are you ready to break the cycle of cynicism that makes participation in democracy feel meaningless? We have two new opportunities for you to learn how to launch and improve PB in your community – two trainings taking place 9am – 5pm on Wednesday, March 7th, the day before our Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference.…

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School PB Webinar Wrap-Up: Let’s bring this to your community!

Thanks for joining our webinar on PB in Schools! From the diverse perspectives of an administrator, a teacher, and four students, we learned PB develops student leadership, builds new relationships among students, and develops concrete skills that students will take into college and the workplace. We heard that empowering students with a say in school decision-making…

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Participatory Budgeting in Schools: Stories from the Field

Free WebinarDATE: Thursday, January 18thTIME: 4pm – 5pm EST | 1pm – 2pm PST Register Join the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) to see how students, teachers, administrators, and parents are improving schools and magnifying student voice through participatory budgeting (PB). Our free webinar will feature PUHSD Student Support…

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