Posts by David Beasley

What do you think about our democracy?

Parents voting in school election

Please take this 4-minute survey to let us know your thoughts on the state of our democracy and participatory budgeting, to help improve our work at PBP. As a thank you, we’ll send you our “Democracy is not a Spectator Sport” magnet (just provide your mailing address at the end of the survey). Take the Survey Now! Looking…

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Online Training: PB 101

This is a tough time to be working on engagement and democracy. People are tired of politics as usual, tired of their voices not being heard. Our democracy is not working. At PBP, we have a solution: Share real power over real money. Thousands of people across North America and around the world are already…

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PBP News: Tools, Trainings, Tactics to rebuild democracy

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter Summer is a time for getting out of your house and spending time in your neighborhood; participatory budgeting (PB) helps connect your community to make your spaces BETTER. You’re an expert in where you live, and you know what it takes to improve the public…

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Annual Report 2016-2017

In a year filled with dramatic political shifts around the world, participatory budgeting (PB) continues to find traction as the world’s longest running, most widespread innovation in participatory democracy. We are proud of work that expanded PB to new types of budgets, new communities, and new solutions that rebuild connections between people and government. Download the…

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Your votes are in! 2017 PB2 winning projects

186 supporters like you voted to decide how to spend $30,000 to make PB bigger and better in 2018! BIG thank you to our amazing PB Amplifiers Alexander Kolokotronis and Kelsey Foster, who helped facilitate PB2, from idea collection to developing proposals to getting out the vote. And thank you to everyone who participated!  …

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2017 PB2 Ballot

To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations are spent – it’s our own participatory budgeting process called PB2. Project 1 | Map of Funded PB Projects $10,000 Build an initial pilot of a searchable online map to document proposed and funded PB…

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NEW VIDEO – Participatory Budgeting in Schools

We are proud to share our newest tool to make civics education meaningful by putting real money on the table, our new Participatory Budgeting (PB) in Schools video! This video introduces you to participatory budgeting in schools by showing you how it worked in Phoenix. Featuring interviews with students, teachers, principals, local elected officials, and…

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PBP News: PB for school districts & federal funds

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter Community Control over Federal Funds While the US Congress considers a federal budget that threatens to strip resources from communities that need them most, thousands of people across North America are taking budgets into their own hands and building civic power with Participatory Budgeting (PB).…

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How would you spend $25,000 to make PB better?

We need your ideas for how to make PB better! To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations are spent – it’s our own participatory budgeting process, called PB2.   SUBMIT YOUR IDEA NOW!   Last year, you voted to spend $18,000 on…

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