Our most recent PB² cycle is a wrap! Nearly 200 members of the PBP community made their voices heard by submitting ideas, joining in as a budget delegate, and voting in our internal PB process. Read on for details of the winning projects as well as an update from last year's PB² initiatives, already underway!
This year, we'll be using $20,000 from our organizational budget to:
🤝🏽 Build equitable outreach partnerships
$5,000 from our budget will be used to support the participation of diverse and underrepresented people in community-led decision making and PB events. Stipends can be used for child care and transportation needs to ensure the engagement of traditionally excluded communities.
🧏 Increase language access for PB materials
$5,000 from PBP’s budget will be used to fund ASL interpretation and Spanish captioning for two pieces of PBP educational content. We will resource an ASL interpreter and a Spanish translator to help make our content more accessible and reach a wider audience.
📹 Make PBP “TikTok-able” and digestible
$10,000 from our budget will be used to produce high-quality content that explains participatory budgeting and how it can be used to create a more equitable world. Creating easy-to-understand, animated content will allow us to reach new audiences.
To everyone who cast their vote: Thank you for taking the time to help us decide the most impactful way to leverage our resources to transform democracy.
PB² 2021 Update
As we kick off a new round of PB² projects, we’re also excited to share with you the progress we’ve made on last year’s winners!
Youth PB Leaders: Our Time is Now (National Youth PB Conference)
On October 8th, 50 youth from across the country will come together for three days of interactive and experiential activities exploring the inner workings of PB and presentations from youth who have been leading PB in their cities. PBP staff will be co-planning the conference with a national youth Planning Committee, which will be announced later this month. We’ll also be streaming conference content on social media throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for a speaker’s sign-up for those who would like to share their PB journeys and lessons at the conference!
Participatory Justice Case Studies
In order to transform our unjust and carceral systems, we must center the participation of those people who have experienced its harmful effects. Through PB², we launched a research project on participatory justice that includes case studies and a landscape analysis to help communities imagine the role of participatory practice in adopting new policies and approaches for policing, criminal justice, and more. We are about to launch a short research survey to identify avenues for further research and inform the selection and development of case studies, as well as invite partner voices into the project.
This project will resource the amazing PBP team to continue building a healthy, thriving, and supportive remote office culture. Using a mini PB process, we created space for staff members to surface and discuss what a combination of financial support, physical and mental health resources, and team-building activities could entail. The team voted on their top ideas, deciding to allocate the funds to a combination of individual stipends and team-building activities.
Want to help us grow PB²? Every donation grows our organizational budget, allowing us to engage our community in even bigger decisions on how we should spend our budget. Donate now!
Once again, thank you for supporting our efforts to foster democratic decision-making, both within and outside of our organization.