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Program or Initiative: Democracy Beyond Elections

Zine – What is Participatory Democracy?

An illustrated beginners guide created to demystify participatory democracy, open up space for conversation, and ground ourselves in the rich history of people power!

Zine – ¿Qué es la Democracia Participativa?

¡Una guía ilustrada para principiantes creada para desmitificar la democracia participativa, abrir un espacio para la conversación y arraigarnos en la rica historia del poder popular!

Where We Live NYC: The NYC Fair Housing Assessment

In 2018, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) collaborated with dozens of other government agencies, community-based partners, and consultants to launch “Where We Live NYC.”

Tools for Virtual Engagement

This brief offers considerations for making virtual decision-making processes accessible and equitable throughout and beyond the COVID-19 era. It also highlights several platforms and tools used to facilitate digital engagement and participation.

Participatory Policy-Making Toolkit

This toolkit uses the umbrella term “participatory democracy” to refer to processes that put real decision-making power in community hands, such as ballot initiatives, policy juries or assemblies, and participatory policy-making.

Participatory Policy-Making

This one-pager gives an overview of what participatory policy-making (PPM) is, why it is a useful tool, the working group that developed the PPM model, and an overview of the steps in the process. 

Read more about the process and the PPM “Safe Schools” pilot in Brooklyn here

Democracy Beyond Elections

This one-pager gives an overview of what Democracy Beyond Elections (DBE) is providing goals and solutions to deepen participatory democracy.

Community-led Recovery: How to Use Participatory Budgeting for ARPA Funding

This booklet provides information on how your community can and must have a say in American Rescue Plan Fund Allocation.

Community-led Recovery: ARPA Funds in Oregon

Youth Voice Youth Vote PB (YV2 PB) was launched in Oregon in 2022 to use participatory democracy practices to allocate ARPA funds.

Community-led Recovery: ARPA Funds in Central Falls, RI

A group started VOCES CON PODER in Central Falls, RI, to use participatory democracy practices to allocate ARPA funds in their community.

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