Process News

Workshop with Young Gifted and Black and Student Union

Making participation political: Activists learn about PB in Madison, Wisconsin We typically think of PB as a binding process that decides how to allocate a specific pot of public money. But what can PB offer when there is no pot of money on the table and a great need to organize communities around a given…

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8th Grader Lands $225K for NYC School: An Inspiring Story of Facilitation and Youth in the Civic Process

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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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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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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Well done, PB Chicago! Evaluation report for cycle 2

PB Chicago is going from strength to strength. Researchers from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois-Chicago have found strong reasons to support the continued expansion of PB in the city. Three wards participated in the second year of the process (2013-2014), and residents worked hard to ensure that their PB process realized three…

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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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Charting a new path for PB in Buffalo

  PBP is supporting the Buffalo Common Council and the Clean Air Coalition of WNY in piloting a new approach for starting PB. This July, Buffalo’s Common Council voted unanimously to establish a PB Committee, tasked with developing a proposal for implementing PB. After years of building support for PB with local community groups and…

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