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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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PBP News: shiny new tools for you, Fall PB season, & PB2 results

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter PB: promoting health, equity, and justice PB builds healthy communities. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has recognized PB as an innovative idea for building a culture of health, and announced our awesome Deputy Director Jen Godzeno as a RWJF Culture of Health Leader! PB builds…

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PB Intro Training – Long Beach, CA – November 19

Are you working to improve your community? Are you looking for new strategies to bring more community voice to the decision-making table? Have you considered Participatory Budgeting? Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where community members get to directly decide how to spend public dollars. Through PB, community members brainstorm ideas for community improvement projects, develop…

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U lyk 2 text 4 PB

At PBP we provide technical support and expertise in advocacy, outreach, organization, and implementation for partners working on PB processes. In our Participation Lab we regularly pilot and test tools and procedures to help partners succeed. In the next few months we’ll be sharing tools for using Outreach, Information Management, Digital Voting, and more. Today…

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Social Justice with Participatory Budgeting

Social justice was a goal and a value of the original experiments with participatory budgeting in Brazil. The early pioneers in participatory budgeting saw it as a tool to redirect money towards sections of society that were often left out of public spending. Giovanni Allegretti, researcher at the Center for Social studies of Coimbra University…

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