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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The Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference will bring together more than 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders, and technologists to explore innovations that empower community members to make real decisions and directly participate in government. Our conference kicks off just as 10 public high schools wrap up two weeks…

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All around the world, innovations in civic engagement and participatory democracy are transforming communities. We are bringing together more than 250 youth, educators, advocates, elected officials, and researchers to explore innovations that empower community members to make real decisions and directly participate in government. Join us! Mark your calendars for the Innovations in Participatory Democracy…

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Tax Increment Financing is a public financing method that uses taxpayers’ money for community-improvement projects. The process is typically conducted without any taxpayer involvement. In order to make the process more community-driven and transparent, we have created a free, downloadable PB TIF Toolkit which can serve as a guide for using Participatory Budgeting to allocate TIF funds. This…

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DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: December 18, 2015 www.pbconference.org | conference@participatorybudgeting.org | www.pbconference.org/submit   4th International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America Presented by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) in partnership with the City of Boston.     May 20-22, 2016 Boston, MA   In cities across North America, budget crises are leading to painful cuts in public…

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Imagine you are assigned the task of evaluating a new PB process in North America. What questions would you want to answer? What tools and instruments would you need? What challenges would you expect to face in the field? Luckily for you, you don’t have to completely reinvent the wheel. While new challenges and questions…

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Communication tips from the 2014 PB Conference. At Sharing and Communicating PB Research, three experts shared seven key ideas. It was standing room only as dozens of people wedged into a room at the Unitarian Church in Oakland, CA for this final session on day one of the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in…

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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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Participatory budgeting doubles in size in New York City This summer, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that participatory budgeting is expanding to 23 city districts, empowering residents to designate over $25 million dollars to locally developed projects. PBP has been busy training district staff, facilitators, and volunteers to scale up this model…

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