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

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 reshape political landscapes. These findings confirm what we’ve been hearing for years: PB inspires participants to…

Making PB Inclusive and Fair

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.  Celina Su, Chair of Urban Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) and…

Participatory budgeting increases voter likelihood 7%

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 home on election day. The US has one of the lowest rates of voting among…

Participatory Budgeting in NYC: $210 million for 706 community projects

June 11, 2018

For the 7th straight year, New Yorkers just decided part of the city budget. We’re excited to share the impressive results from 2018 – and a new tool that brings past results of Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC) to your fingertips! 2018 Vote Results More than 99,250 residents age 11 and older participated…

Meet our new staff & board members (then join them)

May 7, 2018

Our team at the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is committed to re-shaping democracy and continues to develop to deliver on this goal. I’m honored to introduce you to seven amazing individuals who recently joined our board and staff. I’m inspired by how these new team members are showing up for a democracy that we believe…

School engagement that’s almost too good to be true

May 5, 2018

Last year, we shared the very wonderful story of how Participatory Budgeting (PB) was introduced at P.S. 139, a local elementary school in Brooklyn where Miro (the son of our co-Executive Director Josh Lerner) goes to school.  PB addressed a sincere need at P.S. 139: a need to connect with families at a school of nearly…

Building Community and Student Power in Public Universities

May 1, 2018

Urban public universities are difficult places to find community. In what are largely “commuter schools”, students have less opportunities to connect on a daily basis. Many students balance coursework, family commitments, and multiple jobs. It’s easy for campus life to fall by the wayside.  In the face of this, Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a vital…

This is our moment – are you in?

April 30, 2018

Our team at PBP shows up month after month to grow participatory budgeting (PB) because we – like you – know how critical it is to build real democracy. Will you join us by signing up as a PB Amplifier, to contribute the monthly donations that we need to sustain our work?   This week…

You made it happen: Your PB2 Vote Results

April 11, 2018

Our supporters voted to fund two AMAZING projects with $20,000 of their donations. We’re grateful to these folks for enabling even more people to make informed decisions about public money! Two of our superstar PB Amplifiers Kelsey Foster and Ashley Kuenneke, made this possible. Thank you to Kelsey and Ashley for facilitating our PB2 process!…

Building Participatory Democracy at International Conference

April 5, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellow Jacinta Ojevwe stood before an international audience at our Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference and said, “To breathe life into this revolution, young people must be involved. That means we have to go to where young people are” just before she declared: “I am not just here for this conference,…

PBP News: BIG School PB, Conference Recap, Your Turn to Vote

April 5, 2018

PBP SPRING NEWS It’s time to elevate young leaders At the March for Our Lives, Chicago’s Mya Middleton, 16, underscored the power of youth voice: “We are the turn of this century. We are the voice of change. We are here to fix what America is falling short of.” Just weeks prior, New York’s Jacinta…

Don’t miss this year’s PB vote season!

March 29, 2018

It’s that time of the year again: PB vote season! In NYC, the 7th annual vote week is coming up April 7-15! Residents in 27 City Council districts – more than half of the city and in all five boroughs – will decide how to spend at least $1 million per district for community improvement…