November 2013 Newsletter: Boston, St. Louis, Job Opening & Your Turn to Vote

Vote to Shape the Future of PB

This week, we’re launching a PB process for EVERYONE. 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 participatory budgeting process, called PB2 – PB for PB. Last year you voted to create the new PB video, a great tool for teaching your friends about PB. This year, do we create an organizing toolkit or translate our materials? Plan a speaking tour or a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of PB? Check out the projects on this year’s ballot here.

PB-Squared Proposals 2013

By voting in PB2 you decide how we use your donations to help PB grow. Anyone who donates (no matter the size) to PBP in 2013 is eligible to vote. If you haven’t yet donated, now’s the time to give and vote! Once you’ve made your donation, keep an eye out for an email inviting you to vote.

PB Comes to Boston and St. Louis!

We’re thrilled to start working with two new PB processes – in Boston and St. Louis! Over the next several months, PBP will partner with the City of Boston to launch the first Youth PB process in the US. Boston youth will develop and vote on proposals for how to spend $1 million from the city’s capital budget. To gear up for this work, we’re hiring a PB Boston Youth Organizer. The Youth Organizer will be responsible for engaging young people in the PB process, facilitating engagement, and supporting participants. This full-time contract position will last from January 2014 through early July 2014. Read the official press release here, and please share the Youth Organizer job ad with your networks!

PB St. Louis

We’ve also begun providing support to PB in St. Louis. In the city’s 6th ward, Alderman Christine Ingrassia, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), and the PBSTL team are engaging residents in deciding how to spend $100,000 in this year’s pilot process. Community members shared ideas over the past weeks, and will now start developing project for the vote.

Join the PBP Team

Do you want to get more involved in PB and help the movement grow? Apply to serve on PBP’s Board of Directors, or as a Spring 2013 intern!

Board Openings: PBP is looking for a few new Board Members – including a new Treasurer – to play a key role in building a sustainable foundation for PBP and the PB movement. We are especially interested in candidates who have a background in non-profit law, management, marketing, finance, or fundraising. New Board Members may be based anywhere in the US or Canada, though the Treasurer must be based in the New York City area. Read more. (Deadline: December 6, 2013)

Spring Internships: We’re looking for paid spring semester interns that will contribute to our programs, design work, and communications. The interns will work with us in New York City or the San Francisco Bay Area for at least 15 hours per week, from January to May (exact dates are flexible). The internships are ideal for talented individuals eager to further their technical skills and gain experience with a growing non-profit while exploring the potential of participatory democracy! Read more. (Deadline: December 6, 2013)

Talking Transition in NYC

PBNYC Talking Transition

On November 9th, NYC started a new public dialogue on the transition to the city’s next mayor, and Participatory Budgeting in New York City kicked off the discussions. We worked with Community Voices Heard to organize a special neighborhood assembly at the Talking Transitions tent, to discuss how to scale up PBNYC. New Yorkers shared hundreds of ideas for how they would spend $100 Million of the city budget, and brainstormed how to make this vision a reality. 21 City Council Members are already lined up to do PB next year. Will Bill de Blasio help take PBNYC city-wide?

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PB Story

Photo by Adam Stoltman

Photo by Adam Stoltman

Mamnun organizes South Asian immigrant communities to participate and vote in PBNYC. Read his story.

Another Completed Project
PBNYC Computers
32 desktops, 21 laptops, 3 large smart boards, clickers, 4 printers and new computer desks at CAMBA Beacon PS 269, funded through Participatory Budgeting in New York City.

In the Press
DNAinfo and Next City report on the City of Chicago’s plans to hire a new PB Manager to help expand PB across the City.


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