November Newsletter: First book about PB in the U.S., help PB Boston win an international award

PBP and Penn State present Everyone Counts, the first book about U.S. PB

New book about PB by Josh Lerner

PBP’s Executive Director Josh Lerner just published a new short book that tells the story of the first five years of participatory budgeting in the U.S. –  Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy?  Cornell University Press published the book to commemorate PBP winning the inaugural Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal, given to the top innovation advancing democracy around the world.

Josh accepted the Brown Democracy Medal on October 24th, and presented his new book at an event organized by Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

You can buy the book directly from the bookseller, or see below for another way to get a copy!

Sign up as a PB Amplifier!

Ready to raise your voice for a people’s budget? Want to multiply participatory budgeting’s impact? We welcome you to join our new team of supporters, PB Amplifiers!

With fast growing demand for PB, we want to provide technical assistance to communities regardless of their ability to pay, so we need your help! We’re looking for strong supporters who want to expand PB in its most impactful and change making form.

PB Amplifiers will play a critical role in helping PB grow, by connecting friends to PBP via social media, sharing stories, providing financial support, and volunteering for projects that fit personal interests and expertise. Join us in helping deepen and transform democracy – sign up to be one of the founding PB Amplifiers by November 28th and we’ll give you a shout out on Giving Tuesday!

See the full list of Amplifier expectations and benefits here.

Vote for PB in the 2014 Guangzhou International Award

Boston’s Youth Lead the Change program needs your vote!

It is the only initiative in the U.S. to be recognized at China’s 2014 International Cities conference as a candidate for the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovations. Online voting for Boston’s work is now live and we need your help to get more people to add their voice affirming the importance of PB.

Once you have voted, be sure to let your friends know on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media because you have the power to build support for youth-led change in Boston.

Using technology to make participatory budgeting more inclusive

We are partnering with OpenPlans to use a new platform, Shareabouts, for collecting ideas for projects. Shareabouts supports in person meetings by making it easier for people to get involved even if they can’t attend an assembly.

Online idea collection gives even more people the opportunity to have their voices heard and learn about what is going on in their PB process throughout the year.

Currently Long Beach and New York City are using the platform – check out the 1600 ideas proposed in NYC already, and read more on our blog.

Research, evaluation and beyond

Who participates? How do cities compare? How can we make PB better?

These are some of the big questions that we identified for the newly formed North American PB Research Board at the “Research Priorities: Evaluation and Beyond” session at this year’s conference.

This is the first in a series of posts reporting back from the Research and Evaluation track at this year’s conference.

Read more questions and learn about the next steps on our blog.

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Brown Democracy Medal Video


We received the Brown Democracy Medal from the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State!

The medal was created to celebrate and accelerate innovations in democracy. The video is a great introduction to our work that transforms democracy.

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