For Participants

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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All for Data, Data for All: Supporting PB with Community Data

Participatory budgeting (PB) puts decision-making power into the hands of community members, and all decision-makers need access to good data. PB participants increasingly use data about their cities and neighborhoods to research needs, develop projects, and make informed, equitable spending decisions. Maps, for example. Through PB, volunteers, often called budget delegates, meet in small committees…

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Join us for voting in PBNYC!

We would like to invite you to join us at voting sites across NYC between April 11–19 to see PB in action! As part of this year-long process, residents of the 24 Council Districts participating in this year’s PB cycle have gotten together to discuss local needs, brainstorm ideas, and develop proposals to help meet…

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PB info session in Seattle!

We will be traveling up from our Oakland office to have a conversation with Seattle residents about PB! Please invite your friends and let us know if you’ll be there – @PBProject \\ Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata and the City Neighborhood Council invite you to a forum on participatory budgeting!     Tuesday, January 27th, 2015    …

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Join the PB Long Beach Facilitation Team

Hey Southern California! The Participatory Budgeting Project is looking for volunteer facilitators in North Long Beach to assist community members in developing project proposals for an innovative, grassroots process called participatory budgeting (PB). For more info, visit www.pblongbeach.org or watch this video to see how the PB process works. PB in Long Beach’s District 9, represented…

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New Open-Source Tool for Mapping Community Needs

With the Shareabouts platform – an open source tool for collecting ideas from the public on an intuitive, user-friendly map – residents in New York City and Long Beach have the opportunity to propose PB project ideas online. At PBP, we believe that digital technology, like Shareabouts, can complement face-to-face meetings, reduce administrative burdens on…

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4 ways to make PB bigger and better

From September 25th-27th, more than 230 practitioners, researchers, organizers, and experts came together in Oakland and Vallejo to learn from each other about how to start more – and improve existing – PB processes as part of the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America (#PBConf). We believe that we can get to…

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