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.

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 youth, educators, advocates, elected officials, and researchers 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 of voting in the Phoenix Union…

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…

Feb 2017, Participation Lab Panel: Digital Security Issues

By Sacha | February 27, 2017

Feb 22 2017, Participation Lab Panel: Digital Security Issues and Solutions for Nonprofits and Civic Organizations Presenters: Bex Hurwitz, worker-owner at Research Action Design Alice Aguilar, ED, Progressive Technology Project Resources: Slides PTP’s Digital Security Workshop with lots of great materials linked: https://network.progressivetech.org/security-workshop PTP’s Digital Harassment and Privacy-focused webinar coming up on Feb 27th @ 11pm central:  https://ptp.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/info?id=441&reset=1 Video…

Jan 2017, Study Session: Taking PB to scale – PB in Paris

By Sacha | January 27, 2017

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 on Twitter here: @PBProject #participationlab. Jan 25 2017, Study Session: Taking PB to scale – PB in Paris What does it take to bring PB to a scale…

Dec 2016, #ParticipationLab Panel: Centering Accessibility

By Sacha | December 27, 2016

Dec 12 2016, #ParticipationLab Panel: Centering Accessibility in Creating and Choosing Tools Panel links & Social media: Whitney Quesenbery (Center for Civic Design, A Web For Everyone) @whitneyq Lawrence Grodeska (Civic Makers) @grodeska Isabel Luciano (Participatory Budgeting Project) Brooks Rubin (Baltimore Algebra Project) Resources and Review If you missed the panel or just want to…

Nov 2016, Study Session: PB In Schools

By Sacha | November 27, 2016

Nov 2016, Study Session: PB In Schools Thea Crum (Great Cities Institute, Chicago) and Michael Menser (Brooklyn College) bring their expertise to the discussion. They’ve worked on PB at the college and high school levels. See PBP’s work on PB in schools here. The PB Network [more info here] co-creates calls and panels on civic research…

PB Network Partners

Join these other partners in the PB Network!

Name

City

Affiliation

PB Process

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
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
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
Jim Labbe Portland
Sarah Diffenderfer Portland City of Portland-City Budget Office
Luke Hohmann San Jose Conteneo, Inc. Conteneo, Inc.
Jenny Frankl Seattle City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods Youth Voice, Youth Choice
Tim Wolfe Seattle City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods Youth Voice, Youth Choice
Kraig Cook Seattle City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods Youth Voice, Youth 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