PB in Action in Durham, North Carolina

By PBPadmin | March 2, 2020

In May 2018, North Carolina launched PB Durham where the Durham City Council allocated $2.4 million out of the $500 million budget for residents 13 years or older to decide upon for use in one-time projects. The Durham City council…

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PBP Awarded for PB Work on Transportation Equity in California

By PBPadmin | February 26, 2020

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered more than 300,000 people by implementing participatory  budgeting (PB) to directly decide how to spend almost $240 million in public funds in 17 cities, across a number of different issues affecting local communities.…

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Participatory Budgeting: An Idea You Should Steal

By PBPadmin | January 21, 2020

On December 10th, PBP’s Co-Executive Director, Shari Davis was invited to join a number of problem solvers from across the country to speak at the The Philadelphia Citizen’s 2nd annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival. This festival is an annual…

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Celebrating this year’s biggest wins: revitalizing democracy in 2020

By PBPadmin | December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays from all of us at PBP! After a busy 2019 launching exciting new projects like Democracy Beyond Elections and PBCan, and working with incredible communities like students in Merced and educators in NYC, we took some time in November, during our staff…

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Leadership Change at PBP

By Josh Lerner | December 17, 2019

Dear PBP supporters, I’m writing to share big news for me and PBP. In April 2020, I’ll step down as Co-Executive Director at PBP and transition out of the organization. My fellow Co-ED Shari Davis will remain as Executive Director. …

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Democracy Beyond Elections

By PBPadmin | December 11, 2019

Our systemically undemocratic system of governance privileges the interests of the elite over the majority. In an age of constant feedback loops and distributed power – from smartphones to YouTube to #MeToo – access to democracy remains largely limited to…

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Crowd of people with some raising their hands. Caption: How Participatory Budgeting is Improving Democracy, Shari Davis

Shari Davis Interview on Building a New America with Jonathan Arias

By PBPadmin | December 5, 2019

Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) Co-Executive Director Shari Davis, recently joined Jonathan Arias on an episode of the Building A New America podcast, a show that reconsiders how laws that were created centuries ago, shape our lives today. In the episode…

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Giving Tuesday is coming up. Here are 3 community leaders we are grateful for

By PBPadmin | December 2, 2019

What comes to mind when you think of who leads our democracy? Too often, we don’t imagine people in positions of power who actually reflect the diverse communities they serve. This especially holds true for historically marginalized communities, including people…

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Unleashing Student Power: PB in Colleges and Universities

By PBPadmin | September 4, 2019

Unleashing Student Power in Colleges and Universities By: Eric Billbrough Special thanks to Salvator Asaro, Alexander Kolokotronis, Jenni Innes, William Novello, Michael Menser, and Jacob Klipstein for sharing their experiences with PB and student government at their colleges and for…

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PB2 Results are in!

By PBPadmin | August 14, 2019

Every year PBP donors join together and do a PB process of our own – deciding together on how to spend a portion of the PBP budget for the year. It’s a PB process for PBP, PB2! Every year, PBP…

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PBP is launching a new Global PB Hub!

By Josh Lerner | July 18, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that PBP is launching a new global hub for PB practitioners and advocates, thanks to a $560,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Global PB Hub will coordinate knowledge sharing, research, learning, and…

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New Studies: PB Increases Tax Revenue as it Grows the Number of Voices in Government

By Loren Peabody | July 3, 2019

A new World Bank working paper by Michael Touchton, Brian Wampler, and Tiago Peixoto finds that PB and participatory institutions actually improve government balance sheets by boosting residents’ willingness to pay taxes.

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