Tuesday & Wednesday Only: Free Books, T-Shirts, Lunches, Accordion Lessons & More

December 17, 2012

If you make a donation to The Participatory Budgeting Project this Tuesday or Wednesday, we have some fantastic gifts to share with you. Several of our supporters have stepped up with in-kind contributions, and we hope you’ll join them in pushing PB to the next level. Each gift is only available for a short time…

5 Reasons Why You Should Vote for More Fundraising

December 13, 2012

Over the past few weeks, PBP staff have presented each of the projects on the PB2 ballot, to explain why they deserve your vote. Everyone who donates for the rest of 2012 will get to vote for how the donations are spent – see the six projects on the ballot on the PB2 page. Last up…

Vote for Inclusion!

December 12, 2012

By Maria Hadden, PBP Project Coordinator working on PB Chicago: Although PB has been practiced around the world for over two decades, experiences in North America are still relatively scarce and those in the U.S. are still very new.  I don’t know about you, but one of the best ways I’ve found of improving upon…

Vote for New PB Materials!

December 10, 2012

By Ramon Quintero, PBP Community Engagement Assistant for PB Vallejo: Over the past five year doing outreach, I have learned that when I have good materials, people in the streets trust me more and talk to me more easily. A flyer or handout is the business card of the community organizer – it identifies who…

Vote for a Youth PB Campaign! (PB2 Project #5)

November 28, 2012

By Ginny Browne, PBP Community Engagement Coordinator for PB Vallejo: Those of us involved in PB know well that for community engagement to be successful, it must be meaningful. People need to know that their participation has an impact. To me, one of the beautiful things about participatory budgeting is that it gives communities the…

Vote for Office Furniture & Equipment! (PB2 Project #6)

November 27, 2012

By Pam Jennings, PBP Project Coordinator: Where we work: In our modest little 12′ x 12′ rented room in Downtown, Brooklyn (DUMBO to be exact), PBP has a cozy, windowless space (it’s less drafty that way!) where we collaborate and brainstorm about PB for hours on end. This is where the proverbial magic happens. When…

Vote for a Video! (PB2 Project #1)

November 20, 2012

Over the next several weeks, PBP staff will present each of the projects on the PB2 ballot, to explain why they deserve your vote. Everyone who donates for the rest of 2012 will get to vote for how the donations are spent – see the six projects on the ballot on the PB2 page. First up…

$17 Million for Democracy

October 20, 2012

This year, PBP is proud to serve as lead technical assistance partner for three participatory budgeting processes – in New York City, Chicago, and Vallejo, California. In total, we expect around 20,000 people across these cities to participate in deciding how to spend $17 million of their tax money. For more information, see: PBNYC PB…

Job Openings

August 8, 2012

Over the next year, PBP will partner with the City of Vallejo (California) to launch the first city-wide PB process in the US, inviting community members to develop and vote on proposals for how to spend over $3 million from the city’s Measure B sales tax. To gear up for this work, we’re hiring a…

Design and Policy Internship Opportunities

July 20, 2012

We’re looking for a few good interns – see the add below: — The Participatory Budgeting Project, Inc. (PBP), a non-profit organization based in New York City, is seeking part-time interns for the fall of 2012. Our mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue.…

New Website Coming Soon

June 29, 2012

Apologies for the limited updates here – we’re working furiously on a new website and look forward to sharing it with you later in the summer. Stay tuned for more info…

Vallejo (CA) Approves First City-Wide PB Process in US

April 19, 2012

Vallejo, California just approved the first city-wide participatory budgeting process in the US! Residents will decide how to spend around $3 million from new sales tax revenue. For more info see the Times Herald article.