The North American PB Network

The North American Participatory Budgeting (PB) Network is a network of cities and institutions who are implementing participatory budgeting in North America and who seek to improve their work through peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. The PB Network is supported and launched by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP).

For more information on joining the PB Network:

If you have specific inquires, please contact PBP’s Director of Strategic Initiatives: Shari Davis at shari [at] participatorybudgeting [dot] org.

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PB Network Calls & Panels

The PB Network co-creates monthly calls and panels with experts and local implementers on civic research and technology topics relevant to participatory budgeting.

An Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference Treat!

By Ashley Brennan | November 2, 2017

This isn’t a trick; it’s a treat! We’re extending our call for proposals for the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference, and want to hear from you! Submit your proposal by December 1st to share your work with an international audience of more than 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders,…

Building Innovative Networks for Reimagining Democracy

By Ashley Brennan | October 19, 2017

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,…

PB Network Recap and an Invitation to Innovate

By Ashley Brennan | October 5, 2017

At the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), we’re counting down the days until March 8th, 2018, when we kickoff the international Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference and welcome 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders, and technologists to Phoenix, Arizona. Our team is eager to build on connections, conversations, and learnings…

PBP News: International Conference, Trainings, Youth Leaders, and Scaling Up

By David Beasley | October 2, 2017

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter Join us at our 2018 conference We are proud to partner with a team of civic innovators to present the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference on March 8-10, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. The conference will bring together more than 250 community leaders, government officials and…

Get involved with the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference

By Ashley Brennan | September 12, 2017

The Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference will bring together more than 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders, and technologists to explore innovations that empower community members to make real decisions and directly participate in government. Our conference kicks off just as 10 public high schools wrap up two weeks…

Save the Date: Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference

By Ashley Brennan | August 22, 2017

All around the world, innovations in civic engagement and participatory democracy are transforming communities. We are bringing together more than 250 youth, educators, advocates, elected officials, and researchers to explore innovations that empower community members to make real decisions and directly participate in government. Join us! Mark your calendars for the Innovations in Participatory Democracy…

Summer Implementation Institute

By Sacha | June 27, 2017

Join the PB Network and attend our FREE series of online learning Summer 2017. About the Author RecentAbout SachaTaking PB to Scale – September 7, 2017Participatory Budgeting in Elementary Schools: You’re Never too Young for Democracy – August 29, 2017Summer Implementation Institute – June 27, 2017

May 2017, Study Session: Inclusion Beyond Turnout

By Sacha | May 31, 2017

May 2017, Study Session:  “Inclusion beyond turnout“. Centering equity is important in any PB process. We often think about who is involved and focus on marginalized communities. However, are ideas and projects from disenfranchised people making it on to ballots? This Study Session focused on looking more deeply about what real inclusion means and learning…

May 2017, Participation Lab Panel: Data-driven equity decisions

By Sacha | May 7, 2017

May 2 2017, Participation Lab Panel: Data-driven equity decisions Watch/listen to the webinar here: P_Labcall_May17_Full from PBP on Vimeo. See the Data for Delegates resources referred to here. The PB Network [more info here] co-creates calls and panels on civic research and technology topics relevant to participatory budgeting. See all the calls listed here, and the conversation…

March 2017, Study Session: Big decisions: Citizen juries and ballot platforms

By Sacha | March 27, 2017

March 2017, Study Session: Big decisions: Citizen juries and ballot platforms Kyle Bozentko of the Jefferson Center shared lessons from “citizen juries“, which take a randomly selected and balanced group of citizens to deliberate and make informed and thoughtful recommendations about a public issue. Ashish Goel of Stanford’s Crowdsourced Democracy Team works on collaborative decision-making, including developing innovative ballot…

PB Network Partners

Join these other partners in the PB Network!

Name

City

Affiliation

PB Process

Brian Borncamp Buffalo Clean Air Coalition of WNY PB Buffalo
Michelle Monsegur Cambridge City of Cambridge PB Cambridge
Jeremy Christ Charlotte Office of Emergency Management at University of North Carolina
Matthew Slaats Charlottesville University of Virginia BeCville
Magdalena Fudalewicz Chicago 36th Ward-Ald. Gilbert Villegas PB Chicago in the 36th Ward
Jaclyn Murphy Chicago 41st Ward-Ald. Anthony Napolitano My PeterboroughPB Chicago in the 41st Ward
Cecilia Salinas Chicago 49th Ward-Ald. Joe Moore PB Chicago in the 49th Ward
Thea Crum Chicago UIC Great Cities Institute PB Chicago
Luc Richard Dieppe City of Dieppe Participatory Budgeting Dieppe
Ron Griffiths Freehold Borough Freehold Borough Freehold Borough Participatory Budgeting
Kevin Kane Freehold Borough Freehold Borough Freehold Borough Participatory Budgeting
Richard Frieder Hartford Community Capacity Builders Hartford Decides
Emma Dennis Ithaca Multicultural Resource Center The People's Budget
Ahja Haedicke Ithaca Multicultural Resource Center The People's Budget
Ryan Craven London City of London, Canada Neighbourhood Decision Making
Shawna Stevens Long Beach Office of Long Beach Vice Mayor-Rex Richardson PB Long Beach
Lee Lor Merced Merced County Merced County PB
Antonio Zavala Mexico Participando por México Mexico City PB
Tristan Bougie Montreal Montreal Urban Ecology Centre
Eric Howell Nashville Metro Nashville Community Budgeting
Caron Atlas New York City Arts & Democracy PBNYC
Marissa Yanni New York City New York City Council PBNYC
Chloe Ma New York City Innovation High School
Alexander Kolokontronis New York City | New Haven Queens College, CUNY | UNITE-HERE Local 33 PBQC: Queens College
Debra Chester Oakland City of Oakland PB Oakland
Nancy Fischer Peterborough City of Peterborough My Peterborough
Sarah Diffenderfer Portland City of Portland-City Budget Office
Olivia Hasencamp Portland Mental Health Care, Not Policing Coalition
Jim Labbe Portland
Luke Hohmann San Jose Conteneo, Inc. Conteneo, Inc.
Kraig Cook Seattle City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods Your Voice, Your Choice
Jenny Frankl Seattle City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods Your Voice, Your Choice
Amy Nguyen Seattle City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods Your Voice, Your Choice
Tim Wolfe Seattle City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods Your Voice, Your Choice
Shawna Teper Toronto 33rd Ward-Council Member Shelley Carroll Toronto Budgets
Gail Johnson Toronto Toronto Community Housing Toronto Community Housing Participatory Budgeting
Alyssa Lane Vallejo City of Vallejo Participatory Budgeting Vallejo
Michael Sweigart Washington, DC National Democratic Institute
Alison Hilkiah