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In Phoenix, AZ, 10 public high schools are using PB to decide how to spend $55,000 of the school district budget.

What is your vision of democracy?

Whatever your answer, it is probably far removed from what we have experienced in 2017 - democracy turned upside down.

Most of us are infuriated with our political process, angry that our voices aren’t being heard. And yet, we still look for solutions through this same broken political process. If only we elect someone new, everything will change, or become great again.

Organizing to elect and influence officials is essential, but it is not enough to fix our broken democracy. What happens when we instead seek solutions in we the people? When we invite people to actually govern, to help make the decisions that affect their lives?

This is democracy made by YOU.

On Giving Tuesday, November 28th an international day of giving, we are launching our “Democracy Made by You” Campaign. Our goal is to raise $30,000 to grow PB processes, create new resources, and provide scholarships for our Innovations in Participatory Democracy conference in Phoenix, AZ in March 2018.

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PBP is making history in 2017:

The Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) became the first school district in the U.S. to do PB in their schools with district-wide funds. We also completed the first PB process for federal funds in the US--for Community Development Block Grants in Oakland. More than 1,200 people of all ages speaking four different languages came together to decide how to spend $784,678 to benefit low-income residents.

This is what Democracy Made by YOU looks and feels like: Empowered Residents and Engaged and Connected Communities.

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“I was surprised by all those great [PB] ideas that were generated from the community given the Chinatown community is a lot more reserved in wanting to make changes,” said Hui Zhen Li--a 90-year-old community leader in Oakland who participated in the PB Process.

"I was surprised by all those great [PB] ideas that were generated from the community given the Chinatown community is a lot more reserved in wanting to make changes.” Hui Zhen Li is a 90-year-old community leader in Oakland.

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“Seeing what’s wrong with my community, coming up with ways to fix it, and then acting upon it--that’s what I like doing. I just never really got a chance to act upon it until now because of PB.”

PBP created new resources to make PB bigger and better in 2017.

We launched Data for Delegates, a tool that promotes equity by developing PB proposals that address the deepest community needs - a project kicked off with funding from individual donors like YOU. We also created a PB in Schools Video that shows you how PB works for school budgets.

Donate today and become a PBP supporter with a gift of any amount to help us build on our shared vision of what a real democracy looks and feels like.

In 2018, your gift will help us bring young people to our upcoming Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference in March 2018. It will help us expand PB in schools, launch more PB processes across North America, and create new resources like Data for Delegates and PB in Schools Video.

We ask you again what is your vision of democracy for 2018? If it involves building more engaged and connected communities and empowered residents, please become a PBP supporter to help us continue to build on our shared vision of a real democracy.

Through the participatory budgeting process we’ve learned that there’s no age limit for change - all of us can make a change.” Chicko and Leslie, PB Youth Leaders at Red Hook Initiative

“Through the participatory budgeting process we’ve learned that there’s no age limit for change - all of us can make a change.” Chiko and Leslie, PB Youth Leaders at Red Hook Initiative

Donate Today and Support our

Democracy Made by You Campaign!

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