PB Stories

Research Series: Hollie Russon Gilman on PB in Practice

Author of Democracy Reinvented, Hollie Russon Gilman tells us how she became engaged with participatory budgeting. A fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, scholar at Columbia University’s School of International  and Public Affairs (SIPA) and basically the wonder woman of democracy and civic innovation, Hollie is currently teaching a “Technology and the Future of Governance…

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Making PB more Inclusive: Lessons from Long Beach

University student at California State University in Long Beach, Jessica Bracho has participated as a budget facilitator for PB Long Beach. Studying Sociology, she worked closely with PB researcher Professor Gary Hytrek who sparked her interest in community development. Jessica shares the valuable lessons learned in making PB inclusive and a great experience for all…

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Shaping Democracy through Teamwork

Passionate about amplifying the voice of Greensboro residents, Maddie Reed and Fanta Dorley from Greensboro, NC helped engage many people from all walks of life to improve their community. PB Greensboro launched as the first PB process in the south last year, August 2015, and has since become an engaging outlet for people to have…

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PB Research Series: Gary and Andres on PB Long Beach & Community Power

The evaluation report of the PB process in Long Beach California for the 2014-15 cycle has just been published. The report finds that, despite a long history of community fragmentation, Long Beach has benefited a great deal from participatory budgeting: it has helped to forge new relationships across the city, and has successfully incorporated people…

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Judith Bourque

When we started working with the small town of Dieppe, Canada to help them launch their first participatory budgeting (PB) process they asked us about the lowest voting age we had ever seen. When we provide technical assistance it’s up to our partners to lead writing the rules and setting priorities for engagement. Dieppe made sure that young people were…

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PB Research Series: Erin Markman on the People’s Budget of PBNYC

The Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center have been the lead evaluators of PBNYC since the very first cycle in 2011-2012. Last month they released their evaluation report for the city’s fourth cycle of PB, which was by far the largest PB process seen to date in North America. We caught up with…

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Max Drury

 We’re super excited to share the story of Alissa Schwartz and her son Max Drury! Max, who occupies most of his time with photography, drumming and soccer, is one of the youngest PB participants advocating for real change in his community. In 2014, he was part of the PB process in New York City’s District…

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Growing Families with PB in Long Beach, CA: Kasia McDermott’s PB Story

We always wants to know what got our members interested in PB. Solaire Spellen, our West Coast Program Assistant, interviewed Long Beach District 9 Committee Co-Chair Kasia McDermott! Solaire: Tell us about yourself, Kasia. Kasia: My husband and I purchased our first home in Houghton Park (Long Beach, CA) in October 2013. We have three…

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Alissa Schwartz & Max Drury

Yup, you read that correctly! Maximillian Viking Drury, a 13-year-old from Brooklyn, successfully persuaded voters to fund a PB initiative that will put $225,000 toward improving his sister’s school! The young Brooklynite is one of many youths who are inspired by the opportunity to have real power over their community’s decision making processes. Having caught…

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