Posts by PBPadmin

The State of PB During COVID-19

Last week, we had the opportunity to connect virtually with partners, participatory practitioners, and communities leading PB across Canada and the U.S. To date, we have heard from nearly 40 PB practitioners and one thing remains clear: PB matters in this challenging moment.  We discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on PB processes across North…

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Resilience in the face of uncertainty: PBP’s Coronavirus Response

Resilience in the face of uncertainty We know that your inboxes, social media, and text message threads are inundated with COVID-19 news and updates. We are writing today to let you know we are thinking of you and how we support one another in this moment of uncertainty. PBP stands in deep solidarity with all…

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We’re Hiring: Program Associate

Overview The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is seeking a Program Associate to join our award-winning organization. This position will help us directly support thousands of people to participate in real democracy, through participatory budgeting (PB) — a process that has been called “revolutionary civics in action”. You are perfect for this role if you bring…

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PB in Action in Durham, North Carolina

In May 2018, North Carolina launched PB Durham where the Durham City Council allocated $2.4 million out of the $500 million budget for residents 13 years or older to decide upon for use in one-time projects. The Durham City council appointed a 15-member steering committee for PB in the city and hired a team including…

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PBP Awarded for PB Work on Transportation Equity in California

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered more than 300,000 people by implementing participatory  budgeting (PB) to directly decide how to spend almost $240 million in public funds in 17 cities, across a number of different issues affecting local communities. One of these issues is transportation infrastructure. Conventional transportation planning leaves too many communities without…

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Participatory Budgeting: An Idea You Should Steal

On December 10th, PBP’s Co-Executive Director, Shari Davis was invited to join a number of problem solvers from across the country to speak at the The Philadelphia Citizen’s 2nd annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival. This festival is an annual full-day convening that brings together the most innovative urban thinkers and global thought leaders together…

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Celebrating this year’s biggest wins: revitalizing democracy in 2020

Happy Holidays from all of us at PBP! After a busy 2019 launching exciting new projects like Democracy Beyond Elections and PBCan, and working with incredible communities like students in Merced and educators in NYC, we took some time in November, during our staff retreat, to look at the big picture. We want to extend a big thank you…

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Democracy Beyond Elections

Our systemically undemocratic system of governance privileges the interests of the elite over the majority. In an age of constant feedback loops and distributed power – from smartphones to YouTube to #MeToo – access to democracy remains largely limited to occasionally electing a few leaders to decide for us. This structural inequality may work well…

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Shari Davis Interview on Building a New America with Jonathan Arias

Crowd of people with some raising their hands. Caption: How Participatory Budgeting is Improving Democracy, Shari Davis

Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) Co-Executive Director Shari Davis, recently joined Jonathan Arias on an episode of the Building A New America podcast, a show that reconsiders how laws that were created centuries ago, shape our lives today. In the episode titled, “How Participatory Budgeting is Improving Democracy with Obama Fellow Shari Davis,” Shari and Jonathan…

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Giving Tuesday is coming up. Here are 3 community leaders we are grateful for

What comes to mind when you think of who leads our democracy? Too often, we don’t imagine people in positions of power who actually reflect the diverse communities they serve. This especially holds true for historically marginalized communities, including people of color, immigrants, low-income people, youth, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated individuals. In preparation…

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