January 2014 Newsletter: Your PB Priorities, Youth Power in Boston, PB Conference 2014

Your Priorities for 2014: PB2 Vote Results

Cardozo High School Students Brainstorm Project Ideas

Cardozo High School students brainstorm community improvements (Queens, NYC)

PBP’s second annual PB2 process has come to a close, and the winning projects have been chosen – by you! To practice what we preach, last fall we invited PB organizers to help brainstorm project ideas for moving PB forward in North America. Then we asked everyone who donated to PBP last year to vote on which projects to fund in 2014. Here’s the final tally:

Project: Cost: Votes:
Organizing for PB Toolkit $6,000 54
Develop Youth PB Campaign $6,000 43
Translation of Materials $6,000 39
Speaking Tour $6,000 30
Design Upgrade of Materials $7,000 21
Celebration of 25th Anniversary of PB $4,000 11

We committed to use half the money raised in donations to fund the projects with the most votes. Thanks to the generous contributions of 193 supporters, we raised over $28,000 total, so $14,000 for PB2. This means that we can fund the top two projects above: an Organizing for PB Toolkit and a Youth PB Campaign!

Read more about PB2 and these two projects here, and stay tuned for updates! We’ll also do our best to move forward on the other priorities, through in-kind support and other resources. And if you missed your chance to give and vote, please consider donating to PBP now, so that we can carry out more of your PB priorities.

Boston Youth Design a New PB Process

Steering Committee members lead workshop to Design Boston's PB process

Steering Committee members lead a workshop to design Boston’s PB process

Momentum for Youth PB is building in Boston, where the Mayor’s Office launched a groundbreaking process that will engage Boston youth in directly deciding how to spend $1 million of the city’s capital budget. From March through June, young Bostonians will propose ideas for improving their communities, develop the ideas into proposals, and vote on which projects to fund with the $1 million.

Not only will youth participate in this process, but they’re also determining how it will work. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Youth Council and Boston Centers for Youth and Families, PBP has formed a Steering Committee of young people, community organizations, and youth advocates that is establishing the rules and structure of the PB process. Youth represent two-thirds of the Steering Committee and will play a central role in planning, outreach, and decision-making at each stage of the process.

2014 International PB Conference: Save the Date

PB Conference - Save the Date!

Our 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting will take place September 25-28, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area, California!

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be posting information about flights, hotels, registration and calls for proposals. In the meantime, mark your calendars and stay tuned. You can browse past conference sessions here and send questions or comments to conference@participatorybudgeting.org.

New Faces at PBP


To support our work on the youth PB process in Boston, we’ve hired a full-time Youth Organizer, Ashley-Rose Salomon, and a part-time Lead Organizer, Aaron Tanaka. Ashley and Aaron will be assisting city staff and the Steering Committee as the process takes shape over the next several months.

We’re also excited to welcome 4 new Board Members to PBP: George Choriatis, Vishal Gujadhur, Biola Jeje, and Chris Wilson! Read more about them here. We’re also incredibly grateful to our outgoing board members for their service–thank you Yves Cabannes, Karin Nangreave, Helen Rosenthal, Simone Samuel, and Erik Olin Wright!





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We Moved
Isaac, Meg, and Donata moving in!
In January we moved into a bigger and better office! We’re now at 388 Atlantic Ave, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Stop on by to say hi! We also need a couple new computers for our office, so please let us know if you have one to donate.

PB Story
Caron Atlas, Arts & Democracy

Caron Atlas volunteered in PBNYC District 39 before serving on the PBNYC Steering Committee to integrate the arts and grassroots media into the PB process. Read her story here.

In the Press
Vallejo, CA gears up for the second year of its city-wide PB process by creating three city staff positions to support implementation with PBP’s assistance, reports the Times-Herald.

DNAinfo announces the victory of Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, a PB champion and PBP Advisory Board member, in the New York City Council Speaker race.

The New York Times profiled another PBP Advisory Board Member and PBNYC leader, City Council Member Brad Lander.

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