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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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Welcome back-to-school-PB!

Today’s lesson: How to learn democracy by doing democracy As schools reconvene from summer break, more and more are empowering students to directly decide how to spend a portion of their school budget through participatory budgeting (PB). One of the best ways to teach democracy is by doing real democracy; PB in schools does exactly…

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Online Training: PB 101

This is a tough time to be working on engagement and democracy. People are tired of politics as usual, tired of their voices not being heard. Our democracy is not working. At PBP, we have a solution: Share real power over real money. Thousands of people across North America and around the world are already…

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Get involved with the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference

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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Taking PB to Scale

Australians sit at Participatory Budgeting meeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) has been successfully implemented in districts, cities, and school districts across North America, allowing members of these local communities to directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. From wards in Chicago, to schools in Phoenix, to across the city in Boston, we’ve seen hundreds of local-level PB success stories…

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This is Josh’s dad – can you help me celebrate his birthday?

Today is my son Josh’s 39th birthday. When he was a kid, every year for his birthday I bought him what he wanted more than anything in the world: Legos. I’ve been proud to watch Josh move from building things with Legos to now building a better democracy through participatory budgeting (PB). Now that he…

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