Tools

SMS Outreach Guide

SMS (short message services), also known as text messaging, is one of the most accessible, ubiquitous modes of communication in the world—almost everyone texts! Just as businesses and nonprofits use SMS marketing to reach new customers and members, public institutions are also turning to text messaging to inform and engage the communities they serve –…

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How would you spend $35,000 to make PB better?

It is that time of the year again! We need your ideas for how to make PB bigger and better. To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations are spent – it’s our own participatory budgeting process, called PB2. Submit your idea today…

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NYC Project Map + Reelection Rates

What’s the relationship between NYC elected officials being re-elected and their involvement in PB? Check out this map to see the relationship based on the the outcomes of the 2013 general election and get ready to vote in the 2017 general election! Plus — see projects that have been on the ballot in PBNYC over…

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How to Make Civic Data Work for You

Good data is being used to make better participatory budgeting (PB). In Greensboro, they’ve used the previous cycle’s data to set goals and to figure out where to direct outreach to maximize participation – particularly of underrepresented populations. Research from the New York PB Research Board and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice…

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Building Innovative Networks for Reimagining Democracy

As we kicked off Summer 2017, we asked if you wanted your participatory budgeting process to be more equitable and effective. We followed up by inviting you to join us for our North American PB Network Summer Implementation Institute – where we partnered with experts to strengthen four key parts of the PB process together. Today,…

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PB 101 Training in NYC, November 30 2017

You know that participatory budgeting (PB) is a better way to empower communities. You know that PB engages them in finding solutions. You know that PB builds new connections that make communities more resilient. PB makes increases trust in government and reduces corruption by making budgets transparent. PB is making healthy, actively engaged communities. ……

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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

Accessibility keyboard

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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