Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

How Participatory Budgeting Works

PB involves an annual cycle of meeting and voting, integrated into the broader decision-making process.


Stories of Participatory Budgeting in Action

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Taking PB to Scale

By Sacha | September 7, 2017

Participatory budgeting (PB) has been successfully implemented in districts, cities, and school districts across North America, allowing members of these local communities to directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. From wards in Chicago, to schools in Phoenix, to across the city in Boston, we’ve seen hundreds of local-level PB success stories…

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Participatory Budgeting in Elementary Schools: You’re Never too Young for Democracy

By Sacha | August 29, 2017

With the 2017-18 school year just around the corner, it’s time for fresh ideas to improve your local schools. One new model comes from New York City’s Primary School 139, with some special help from Participatory Budgeting Project’s Executive Director Josh Lerner – and his son Miro. P.S.139 is a large Title I public elementary…

This is Josh’s dad – can you help me celebrate his birthday?

By PBPadmin | August 25, 2017

Today is my son Josh’s 39th birthday. When he was a kid, every year for his birthday I bought him what he wanted more than anything in the world: Legos. I’ve been proud to watch Josh move from building things with Legos to now building a better democracy through participatory budgeting (PB). Now that he…



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