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You made it happen: This is Democracy Made by YOU

Happy New Year! As we enter an uncertain 2017, we’re blown away by your commitment to democracy. Thank you to the more than 180 of you who donated over $25,000 in our Democracy Made by You campaign! You’re AMAZING! Your support empowers young people like Darnell Maxwell to step up as leaders. Your support makes…

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Best of 2016

2016 was a year of tremendous growth and learning here at PBP, and as it comes to a close we can honestly say we’re not just aiming to transform democracy – we’re actually doing it. Join us for a look at our three biggest wins this year: ➊ We expanded PB to a record number…

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Welcome to the new participatorybudgeting.org

Over the fall, our  team worked together to re-architect our information, technically improve and secure our digital infrastructure, and integrate new design and the web as a platform to easily share tools for PB. THANK YOUS Firstly, a huge shout out to the following people who helped make this possible and, dare we say ……

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Meet Ashley: lover of cats, urban farms, and PBP.

PBP’s work to transform democracy is only made possible by the commitment and generosity of our donors. Our donors sustain our work and our spirits – they are fantastic, unique, and passionate people, and it’s about time that you met them! This month, the spotlight is on one of our youngest and most awesome supporters,…

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PB is “Democracy Made by You”

“more trees to help us breathe…more libraries so we can study…more fruits and veggie gardens to eat healthy things instead of good sugary things..” These were some of the participatory budgeting ideas that 12-year-old Isaiah wrote down, as he joined his grandmother at a recent PB idea collection assembly in a public housing community center.…

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Making community engagement people-powered

Releasing a FREE Outreach Toolkit to strengthen PB processes and beyond! This is Democracy Made by You! In PB—as in all community organizing work—the people give power to the process. Even more, for a process to be effective, it must engage people who best understand the pressing issues in their community. At PBP, we believe…

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Info. Overload? Take ctrl!

Introducing tools, a report, and a lab call to help you keep tabs on the papers, platforms, and projects in PB: She sighed in response to our question, and then shared, “We probably spent two whole days putting in ideas, and that was the only thing we did all day…” Her fellow PB staffer added…

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[RFP] PB in Schools Video

You voted to decide how part of your donations should be spent to make PB better. In past years you funded our intro video, organizing toolkit, and MyReps tool. This year you can decided how to spend at least $18,000. Your votes and support funded the production of a video that shows the impact of bringing PB to…

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Phoenix schools are making history AGAIN with PB

This is Democracy Made by You “We’re here to make history!” exclaimed Shari Davis, PBP Director of Strategic Initiatives, to a room full of students, teachers, principals, district administration, and sunshine. Three years ago, the first high school-based PB process in the U.S. began at Bioscience High School in Phoenix, Arizona. This year, the Phoenix…

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