For Implementors

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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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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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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Why we need participatory budgeting now

Is this the best we can do? A democracy where key decisions about our schools, immigration, and health are made without those who are most impacted? We urgently need to defend our neighbors whose lives are threatened by government policy. At the same time, we need to fix the broken democracy that leads to these…

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Democracy Rising: Expanding Participatory Budgeting in the South

In a time when people’s trust in democracy is being deeply challenged, we are excited to be able to increase our work to support new participatory processes across the South. Southern communities are among the hardest hit with legislation aiming to limit democratic involvement, such as the restrictions on voter participation in North Carolina that…

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15 Key Metrics for Evaluating PB

There are many ways to measure the impact of PB, but researchers in North America now have a shared language to evaluate and compare PB processes. Our friends at Public Agenda – the lead organizer for the North American PB Research Board – have worked with the board and PBP to develop a toolkit for…

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PB Buzz: Improving Participatory Democracy with New Technology

    PBP Director Josh Lerner recently said, ”democracy has become the political version of kale; almost everyone says it’s good, but few want to eat it.” Following that notion, there’s been a lot of buzz recently about the potential for new technology to make participatory democracy more palatable–something more like kale chips, one might…

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PB for smaller cities: Dieppe, Canada

Earlier this month, the city of Dieppe in Southern New Brunswick, Canada, announced that it would be utilizing participatory budgeting to strengthen its community and better direct its public funds. We are excited to be working with the city to develop new modes of PB for smaller cities and towns across North America. The 23,000 residents of…

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Democratizing Schools with Participatory Budgeting (June 4th Webinar)

WEBINAR: Democratizing Schools with Participatory Budgeting Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015 Time: 11am – 12pm (PST) Download the webinar slides [PDF]   Schools and school districts operate large and complex budgets – often with minimal participation from the community members and youth they work to serve. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Join…

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