The time is now – we must divest from police, and invest in communities

By PBPadmin | June 4, 2020

Honestly – we are all feeling tired and heavy. Today, we honor and mourn the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed and other countless Black lives we have lost to racist police violence and…

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Dreaming through uncertainty: democracy doesn’t pause and neither do you

By PBPadmin | May 7, 2020

This past month, contending with COVID-19 and the ensuing shelter in place orders, has stretched and tested us all in many ways. We have felt the limitations of technology, questioned how we can prioritize equity in a virtual world, and…

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Overcoming Barriers to Volunteer Participation

By PBPadmin | April 9, 2020

Real money, real power. This is more than a catchphrase, it is a requirement of participatory budgeting (PB). Of course, PB requires one more key ingredient: real people participating and leading the way. Participants from the cycle 7 PBNYC vote.…

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The State of PB During COVID-19

By PBPadmin | April 7, 2020

Photo Credit: Alison Boulier Last week, we had the opportunity to connect virtually with partners, participatory practitioners, and communities leading PB across Canada and the U.S. To date, we have heard from nearly 40 PB practitioners and one thing remains…

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Participatory Budgeting Transforms Schools, Students, and Communities

By Antonnet Johnson | April 2, 2020

Real leadership opportunities transform students by giving them the chance to use their voices in meaningful ways. Participatory Budgeting (PB) in schools has proven to be precisely that kind of opportunity for students across the United States. PB is a…

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Signing off and 5 next steps

By Josh Lerner | March 26, 2020

Hi friends, This definitely isn’t how I’d planned it. When I announced last year that I’d step down as Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project by April 2020, I wasn’t expecting to align this transition with the biggest global pandemic in…

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Resilience in the face of uncertainty: PBP’s Coronavirus Response

By PBPadmin | March 18, 2020

Resilience in the face of uncertainty We know that your inboxes, social media, and text message threads are inundated with COVID-19 news and updates. We are writing today to let you know we are thinking of you and how we…

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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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