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How PB in schools tries to make PB a little easier

Thea Crum is the Director of the Neighborhoods Initiative at the Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, and has handled research and evaluation for participatory budgeting (PB) in Chicago, including at Sullivan High School. Michael Menser is a Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and helped bring PB to NYC and his college, and…

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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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3 reasons to come to our June 1st Oakland PBParty

We are less than 10 days away from our June 1st celebration! Here are three reasons to come to our PBParty: You will connect with the participatory budgeting (PB) community. Our PBParty is a perfect way to connect with change-makers who are building real democracy in their communities. You will celebrate real democracy. Have fun,…

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Meet Hui Zhen Li – and celebrate with her on June 1st

Have you met Hui Zhen Li, a 90-year-old community leader in Oakland? We’re celebrating her amazing work as a PB leader with Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) at our June 1st Oakland PBParty Benefit! As this summer marks five years of participatory budgeting (PB) in California, now is the time to get your tickets to…

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Presenting your 2017 PB2 Ballot – Vote today!

Guest post by PB Amplifiers Kelsey Foster and Alex Kolokotronis. We’re writing to you as fellow supporters and advocates for participatory budgeting. Over the past few months, we teamed up with other advocates to develop 10 amazing projects to help grow PB. From today till June 2nd, 2017, you can vote to decide which projects…

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Community Engagement Coordinator (Chicago based)

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people across the US and Canada to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting (PB) processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 17…

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What happens when students lead PB?

Impacts, outcomes, and winning projects shine in Phoenix “Let’s rock and roll!” shouted Christopher Oglesby, Assistant Principal at Carl Hayden Community High School, to a team huddle of 30 spirited students. The group dispersed in all directions, and prepared to welcome over 1,500 student voters to the gym. This team of student leaders—along with school…

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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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