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SMS Outreach Guide

SMS (short message services), also known as text messaging, is one of the most accessible, ubiquitous modes of communication in the world—almost everyone texts! Just as businesses and nonprofits use SMS marketing to reach new customers and members, public institutions are also turning to text messaging to inform and engage the communities they serve –…

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How would you spend $35,000 to make PB better?

It is that time of the year again! We need your ideas for how to make PB bigger and better. 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. Submit your idea today…

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Stand with us this #GivingTuesday to build a REAL democracy

What is your vision of democracy? Your answer is probably far removed from what we’ve experienced in 2017, which feels like democracy turned upside-down. Most of us are infuriated with our political process, and angry that our voices aren’t being heard. And yet, we only look for solutions through the electoral process, thinking that if…

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NYC Project Map + Reelection Rates

What’s the relationship between NYC elected officials being re-elected and their involvement in PB? Check out this map to see the relationship based on the the outcomes of the 2013 general election and get ready to vote in the 2017 general election! Plus — see projects that have been on the ballot in PBNYC over…

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An Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference Treat!

This isn’t a trick; it’s a treat! We’re extending our call for proposals for the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference, and want to hear from you! Submit your proposal by December 1st to share your work with an international audience of more than 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders,…

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How to Make Civic Data Work for You

Good data is being used to make better participatory budgeting (PB). In Greensboro, they’ve used the previous cycle’s data to set goals and to figure out where to direct outreach to maximize participation – particularly of underrepresented populations. Research from the New York PB Research Board and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice…

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Building Innovative Networks for Reimagining Democracy

As we kicked off Summer 2017, we asked if you wanted your participatory budgeting process to be more equitable and effective. We followed up by inviting you to join us for our North American PB Network Summer Implementation Institute – where we partnered with experts to strengthen four key parts of the PB process together. Today,…

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What do you think about our democracy?

Parents voting in school election

Please take this 4-minute survey to let us know your thoughts on the state of our democracy and participatory budgeting, to help improve our work at PBP. As a thank you, we’ll send you our “Democracy is not a Spectator Sport” magnet (just provide your mailing address at the end of the survey). Take the Survey Now! Looking…

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PB Network Recap and an Invitation to Innovate

At the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), we’re counting down the days until March 8th, 2018, when we kickoff the international Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference and welcome 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders, and technologists to Phoenix, Arizona. Our team is eager to build on connections, conversations, and learnings…

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