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Making PB more Inclusive: Lessons from Long Beach

University student at California State University in Long Beach, Jessica Bracho has participated as a budget facilitator for PB Long Beach. Studying Sociology, she worked closely with PB researcher Professor Gary Hytrek who sparked her interest in community development. Jessica shares the valuable lessons learned in making PB inclusive and a great experience for all…

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Researcher blog series with Thea Crum from PB Chicago!

We are lucky to work closely with an incredible network of PB researchers and research teams in North America. We’ve decided to launch a PB Research blog series, so that our readers and supporters can learn more about what’s happening in the world of PB research! First up –  Thea Crum, Director of the Neighborhoods Initiative at…

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Temporary Position Opening: Curriculum Documentation Contractor [BOSTON]

Youth Lead the Change Curriculum Documentation: February-June 2015 Join a Growing Movement to Reinvent Democracy! The contractor will work in Boston, MA to help document the PB curriculum implemented in city’s participatory budgeting process.   About the Project The Participatory Budgeting Project, Inc. (PBP) is a non-profit organization based in New York City. Our mission…

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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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The White House & PBP Host National Convening

On Tuesday, May 13th, The White House and the Participatory Budgeting Project co-hosted a day-long meeting on participatory budgeting, as part of the White House’s efforts to advance PB. “Promoting Innovation in Civic Engagement: Exploring Community‐Led Participatory Budgeting in the United States” brought together over 60 city leaders, community organizers, residents, funders, researchers and technologists to…

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How to Scale Up PBNYC: New Memo

Since 2011, we’ve worked with New York City Council Members, communities, and partner organizations to build a Participatory Budgeting process that now spans 9 of the City’s 51 council districts. This January the City will undergo a major transition as new officials take office across city government, and this change presents big opportunities to strengthen…

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White House Announces Plans to Promote Participatory Budgeting

We’re thrilled to announce that The White House is joining us in promoting participatory budgeting! As part of its new Open Government National Action Plan, The White House has committed to work with key partners to increase awareness about PB and to support communities that are interested in launching PB processes. We’ve had great discussions…

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New York Election Results: Participatory Budgeting Wins Big

Last Tuesday’s primary elections in New York City look to have paved the way for a major expansion of participatory budgeting. In the City Council primaries, voters chose 21 Council Member candidates who have pledged to use participatory budgeting to allocate discretionary funds in their district through the PBNYC process, which would enable residents to…

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White House Highlights Participatory Budgeting as Model for Civic Engagement

The White House today recognized participatory budgeting as a leading innovation in civic engagement, honoring Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) Board Member Joe Moore and Advisory Board Member Brad Lander as “Champions of Change”. They were recognized for “piloting innovative programs to involve traditionally disengaged communities in local governance”. Starting in 2009, we worked with Alderman…

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Participatory Budgeting Video Wins MacArthur Foundation Prize

The new Participatory Budgeting video from Meerkat Media Collective just won 3rd place (out of 428 submissions) in the Looking@Democracy challenge! The contest, coordinated by the Illinois Humanities Council and the MacArthur Foundation, solicited digital media pieces designed to spark a dialogue around the question of how to strengthen American democracy. The PB video, “Reinventing Democracy through Participatory…

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