Spread Democracy for Shari’s Birthday!

January 3, 2019

This year I want to celebrate my 32nd birthday by making an impact and I invite my friends, family and community to join me.  Instead of presents this year, join me in giving the gift of democracy. I’d like to raise at least $2,000 to sponsor 2 young people to serve on PBP’s boards to…

Our top 6 social media posts of 2018

December 30, 2018

2018 was a big year for participatory budgeting (PB), thanks to you! Looking back on our year in social media, we won great victories that make us optimistic going into 2019. Check out the highlights below, then make an end of year donation to support more victories in 2019! 1. De Blasio Announces Launch of…

Best of 2018: Our 5 Big Wins

December 18, 2018

Over nearly 10 years, we’ve shown that participatory budgeting (PB) is a powerful tool for transforming our democracy. In 2018 we invested in making PB better and bigger. We developed new resources, supported innovative programs, and expanded what real democracy can be. Check out our 2018 highlights below, and please make an end of year…

PB2: What’s your wishlist for democracy?

December 13, 2018

It’s that time of year again! We need your ideas for how to make participatory budgeting (PB) bigger and better. To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations are spent–it’s our own PB process, called PB2. In the past, you voted to spend…

Art Makes Democracy Better

December 11, 2018

How the arts gets us to turn on, tune in, and help out Between committees on transport and whole debates on tax rates, the details of governance can be mind-numbing. That can cause would-be participants in democracy to be disinterested. That’s why democracy also has to be a culture. We have to have our hearts…

The next generation of digital democracy tools

December 5, 2018

Marijel walks by an old neighborhood park every day on her way to work. She fondly recalls visiting the park as a child, running around with friends, laughing away the sticky summer days. These days the park reminds her more of a vacant lot than a place for kids to hang out. While attending one…

Thank you for supporting young leaders like me

November 28, 2018

This #GivingTuesday, we raised over $8,500 from more than 110 supporters! Thank you for helping us spread participatory budgeting further than ever! Your support means so much to me as the community builder within the Participatory Budgeting Project. I joined the PBP team this spring after organizing with various student groups in Queens College, City University…

Hope for Democracy: A New Book Reflects on 30 Years of Participatory Budgeting

November 26, 2018

An expansive new volume edited by Nelson Dias features dispatches by more than 60 authors from the frontlines of participatory budgeting’s (PB) growth around the world. This book, Hope for Democracy, could not have come out at a better time for PB supporters in North America. Next year will mark 10 years of PB in…

First, we voted. Here’s what’s next:

November 15, 2018

The election may be over, but our campaign for real democracy is just getting started. We know you’re probably still buzzing from the election, whether you voted, donated, or volunteered. Elections matter – thank you for showing up! But as the pundits start to ponder the next round, we also know that voting every year…

PBP News: Victory in NYC, New Video, Rockstars for PB

November 13, 2018

  VICTORY: NYC Voters Approve Citywide PB Last week was big for democracy, from the re-enfranchisement of 1.4 million voters in Florida to an upsurge in turnout across the US. It was also a big moment for participatory budgeting: New York City voters approved a city charter revision that will create a citywide PB process!…

You’re Invited! Brooklyn Fundraiser

November 9, 2018

Come celebrate taking participatory budgeting to the next level! For the past decade, we’ve built a movement in NYC – and across the country – to expand democracy and civic engagement. We’ve won big this year! From Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that all public high schools will launch participatory budgeting (PB) to NYC voters approving…

VICTORY! NYC voters approve citywide PB

November 7, 2018

We did it! Yesterday was a big day for democracy, from the re-enfranchisement of 1.4 million voters in Florida to an upsurge in turnout across the US. It was also a big day for participatory budgeting: New York City voters approved a city charter revision that will create a citywide PB process! In a landslide vote,…