New Data-Driven Map Shows Spread of Participation in Democracy

By Loren Peabody | April 3, 2019

As we celebrate the first 30 years of participatory budgeting (PB) in the world and the first 10 years of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), we reflect on how far and wide PB has spread–and how it continues to grow!…

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How students can decide school budgets and policies

By Elizabeth Crews | April 2, 2019

Young people need safer and more supportive schools. Whether in Parkland, Florida, or in communities of color that face violence daily, students are demanding more of a say in how their schools are run. This spring, we showed how schools…

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Rochester asked residents to decide how to reduce poverty. Here are the results.

By Melissa Appleton | April 1, 2019

Rosa was bubbling over with excitement. She’d just accepted $50,000 to launch a new childcare program unlike any other in Rochester, NY. After months of working with community members, local partners, and lots of data, Rosa’s community cast participatory budgeting…

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A PB Love Story: How Catherine and Neil Met

By PBPadmin | February 13, 2019

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…

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Erik Olin Wright, Interstellar Leader of Democracy (1947-2019)

By Josh Lerner | January 28, 2019

We lost a shining star of democracy last week. Erik Olin Wright, PBP Advisory Board member and leading scholar of democracy and social change, passed away on January 23rd, 2019 from leukemia. Erik was…

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Spread Democracy for Shari’s Birthday!

By Shari Davis | January 3, 2019

This year I want to celebrate my 32nd birthday by making an impact and I invite my friends, family and community to join me.  Instead of presents this year, join me in giving the gift of democracy. I’d like to…

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Our top 6 social media posts of 2018

By PBPadmin | December 30, 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…

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Best of 2018: Our 5 Big Wins

By PBPadmin | December 18, 2018

Over nearly 10 years, we’ve shown that participatory budgeting (PB) is a powerful tool for transforming our democracy. In 2018 we invested in making PB better and bigger. We developed new resources, supported innovative programs, and expanded what real democracy…

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PB2: What’s your wishlist for democracy?

By Susan Kalaz | December 13, 2018

It’s that time of year again! We need your ideas for how to make participatory budgeting (PB) bigger and better. To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations…

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Art Makes Democracy Better

By Melissa Appleton | December 11, 2018

How the arts gets us to turn on, tune in, and help out Between committees on transport and whole debates on tax rates, the details of governance can be mind-numbing. That can cause would-be participants in democracy to be disinterested.…

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The next generation of digital democracy tools

By Antonnet Johnson | December 5, 2018

Marijel walks by an old neighborhood park every day on her way to work. She fondly recalls visiting the park as a child, running around with friends, laughing away the sticky summer days. These days the park reminds her more…

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Thank you for supporting young leaders like me

By Susan Kalaz | November 28, 2018

This #GivingTuesday, we raised over $8,500 from more than 110 supporters! Thank you for helping us spread participatory budgeting further than ever! Your support means so much to me as the community builder within the Participatory Budgeting Project. I joined the…

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