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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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Why accessibility should be at the center of your work

Placing accessibility considerations at the beginning and center of a design process does more than include additional people — the end result is clearer design, more people’s ideas, and an improved end product. Equity means bringing many types of people to a place of equal power to contribute and participate. When we ensure that our…

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Expanding the imagination of democracy: PB in Paris

In 2014, the City of Paris started the world’s largest participatory budget (PB). It began as a test-run a few months after Mayor Anne Hidalgo was elected – citizens could vote on how to spend €20 million on 15 possible projects identified by the city. A few months later they began a full-scale PB, with…

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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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