Posts by Josh Lerner

This is our moment – are you in?

Our team at PBP shows up month after month to grow participatory budgeting (PB) because we – like you – know how critical it is to build real democracy. Will you join us by signing up as a PB Amplifier, to contribute the monthly donations that we need to sustain our work?   This week…

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You made it happen: Your PB2 Vote Results

Our supporters voted to fund two AMAZING projects with $20,000 of their donations. We’re grateful to these folks for enabling even more people to make informed decisions about public money! Two of our superstar PB Amplifiers Kelsey Foster and Ashley Kuenneke, made this possible. Thank you to Kelsey and Ashley for facilitating our PB2 process!…

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Don’t miss this year’s PB vote season!

It’s that time of the year again: PB vote season! In NYC, the 7th annual vote week is coming up April 7-15! Residents in 27 City Council districts – more than half of the city and in all five boroughs – will decide how to spend at least $1 million per district for community improvement…

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Participatory Budgeting for Businesses: It Justworks

Last April, Isaac Oates was leaving his local library when a stranger asked him to vote. At first he politely declined, but when the volunteer said it was about the budget and would just take a minute, Isaac took a ballot, and learned about participatory budgeting (PB). Six months later, Oates was leading a PB…

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Mayor Launches Participatory Budgeting in All NYC High Schools

Following years of work by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and partners, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in his State of the City address on February 13th that he is launching participatory budgeting (PB) in all of the city’s public high schools (there are over 400 total). The City will give every…

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Our top victories for democracy in 2017

As we reflect on 2017 and many challenges this year, we find hope in the thousands of people like you building real democracy through participatory budgeting (PB). We’re excited to continue pushing forward, and to share some of the year’s top victories at the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). What we did: We expanded PB to…

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How would you spend $35,000 to make PB better?

It is that time of the year again! We need your ideas for how to make PB bigger and 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 today…

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Stand with us this #GivingTuesday to build a REAL democracy

What is your vision of democracy? Your answer is probably far removed from what we’ve experienced in 2017, which feels like democracy turned upside-down. Most of us are infuriated with our political process, and angry that our voices aren’t being heard. And yet, we only look for solutions through the electoral process, thinking that if…

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Why we need participatory budgeting now

Is this the best we can do? A democracy where key decisions about our schools, immigration, and health are made without those who are most impacted? We urgently need to defend our neighbors whose lives are threatened by government policy. At the same time, we need to fix the broken democracy that leads to these…

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Links and Resources

Participatory Budgeting has captured the imagination of policy makers, political activists and academics. The list of organizations, resource sites, and advocates of participatory budgeting is extremely varied, and runs all the way from “socialists for participatory budgeting” in Buenos Aires to the Bertelsmann foundation, in Germany, which advocates transparency and free markets. The academic literature…

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