When the people decide the budget, here’s what they fund

By Bitsy Bentley | November 2, 2018

When people first learn about participatory budgeting (PB), they often ask if it really makes a difference—if PB shifts funding to higher priority issues. At the Participatory Budgeting Project, we’re answering this question—with data! Using New York City Open Data…

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Want to Improve Education? Empower the Students.

By PBPadmin | October 29, 2018

Top 5 reasons Participatory Budgeting improves students’ education. By: Shari Davis and Dylan Welch Autumn is here — and with it, a renewed conversation about how educators, parents, and communities improve their students’ education. Often in this discussion, solutions come…

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We’re supporting #YesYesYesNYC… will you?

By Melissa Appleton | October 25, 2018

Did you know that participatory budgeting will be on the ballot November 6?  New York City voters have an opportunity to raise the bar for PB by voting for ballot proposal 2. If approved, it will launch the largest PB process…

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PBS Releases New Film on PBNYC

By PBPadmin | October 4, 2018

Participatory Budgeting has never been more beautiful! PBS’ acclaimed documentary film series POV just released Public Money, a stunning short film on Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC). Produced by our friends at Meerkat Media, the 15-minute film follows…

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Meet PBP’s New Research Fellow Loren Peabody

By PBPadmin | September 12, 2018

Our team at the Participatory Budgeting Project is excited to welcome a new Research Fellow, Loren Peabody. As a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the Sociology Department, Loren is committed to learning and teaching about…

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Victory! Citywide PB is on the ballot in NYC – will you help it win?

By Josh Lerner | September 10, 2018

Big News! After years of hard work, we’re thrilled to announce a major victory for participatory budgeting (PB) in New York City and beyond: NYC’s Charter Reform Commission just decided to include a ballot measure in the November election calling…

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Meet our Participation Design Strategist, Antonnet Johnson

By PBPadmin | August 25, 2018

At the Participatory Budgeting Project, we’re thrilled to welcome Antonnet Johnson to our team as a Participation Design Strategist. Antonnet joins us through a prestigious fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).…

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This Arcade Fire Rockstar Has Big Plans for Democracy

By Josh Lerner | August 22, 2018

As part of Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire, Will Butler is serious about his craft. A proud Brooklyn resident, he’s also committed to community and democracy. While on tour, Will hosts civic engagement after-parties called Disco Town Halls. Wherever the show,…

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Lessons from 30 years of a global experiment in democracy

By PBPadmin | August 8, 2018

The Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network recently funded a major new report on the lessons learned from 30 years of participatory budgeting (PB). In July, we hosted a webinar about the state and future of PB with report authors Stephanie…

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Summer News: Welcome a new wave of voters + civic innovation

By PBPadmin | July 18, 2018

PB increases voter likelihood by 7% New research shows that people who take part in PB are 7% more likely to vote in an election. Candidates are winning recent elections by narrow margins. A 7% increase in voter likelihood could…

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Making PB Inclusive and Fair

By PBPadmin | July 1, 2018

Typically, when we want to know how inclusive and fair a Participatory Budgeting (PB) process is, we ask “Who shows up?” While this is a good starting point, it’s not enough. To meaningfully assess equity, we need to dig deeper. …

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Participatory budgeting increases voter likelihood 7%

By Josh Lerner | June 28, 2018

The effects of PB on voter likelihood Trust in government is at an all-time low, as only 18% of Americans say they can trust the government to do what is right. This deep distrust and cynicism leads  many to stay…

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