Resources

Mapping Data-driven Community Decisions

Participatory budgeting thrives when community members have access to data that informs their decisions and inspires them to think about their surroundings. As participatory budgeting (PB) grows, its impact on the physical landscape has become increasingly apparent.

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PB for Sustainable Development

Earlier in June, we were invited to attend the UN Public Service Forum in The Hague, Netherlands to do a presentation in the forum’s track dedicated to sharing innovative practices around building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Cities are especially tasked with pioneering sustainability measures because 70% of the world’s population will live in…

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PBP News: Tools, Trainings, Tactics to rebuild democracy

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter Summer is a time for getting out of your house and spending time in your neighborhood; participatory budgeting (PB) helps connect your community to make your spaces BETTER. You’re an expert in where you live, and you know what it takes to improve the public…

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Why accessibility should be at the center of your work

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Placing accessibility considerations at the beginning and center of a design process does more than include additional people — the end result is clearer design, more people’s ideas, and an improved end product. Equity means bringing many types of people to a place of equal power to contribute and participate. When we ensure that our…

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Data to the People

Where PB meets public health, we find data for decision-making. Andrew entered the idea collection assembly confidently; he came prepared with stories, justifications, and excitement backing his proposal for more dog parks in his neighborhood. After eagerly sharing his idea in a breakout group, he started to notice repetition among other ideas shared; multiple community…

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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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Best of 2016

2016 was a year of tremendous growth and learning here at PBP, and as it comes to a close we can honestly say we’re not just aiming to transform democracy – we’re actually doing it. Join us for a look at our three biggest wins this year: ➊ We expanded PB to a record number…

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At PBP we provide technical support and expertise in advocacy, outreach, organization, and implementation for partners working on PB processes. In our Participation Lab we regularly pilot and test tools and procedures to help partners succeed. In the next few months we’ll be sharing tools for using Outreach, Information Management, Digital Voting, and more. This…

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Social Justice with Participatory Budgeting

Social justice was a goal and a value of the original experiments with participatory budgeting in Brazil. The early pioneers in participatory budgeting saw it as a tool to redirect money towards sections of society that were often left out of public spending. Giovanni Allegretti, researcher at the Center for Social studies of Coimbra University…

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What 43 elected officials think about participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting is one of the fastest growing democratic innovations in North America today. It brings elected officials and civil servants together with their communities to take public dollars and put them toward projects that residents chose. Since this is not the business-as-usual way that governments budget their money, what do elected officials actually think…

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