The Participatory Budgeting project is launching the latest version of PB for Orgs toolkit. This event will be held on June 23rd at 1pm PT/4pm ET.
About the event:
If you’re already familiar with participatory budgeting, chances are that it’s in the context of a city or government initiative. But the beauty of PB is that it can bring democratic decision-making to any organization—yours included.
This is why PBP launched PB for Orgs—an opportunity for organizations to practice participatory democracy and reap the benefits of implementing a PB process, including shared decision-making power and more equitable and effective spending. We recently wrapped up our first-ever PB for Orgs cohort, which brought together folks from a wide range of non-profit organizations to learn about implementing PB. With their feedback, we rethought, revisited, revised, and are extremely excited to share with you Change From Within: A Guide to Running Participatory Budgeting in Your Organization.
This launch event is for anyone interested in learning more about what a PB process could do for and look like in their non-profit, collective, or network. After a brief teach-in on PB for Orgs, you’ll learn from PBP staff and partners about their experiences with implementing PB processes and have the opportunity to ask questions about what PB in your organization could look like.
What is PB?
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money.
PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1989, as an anti-poverty measure that helped reduce child mortality by nearly 20%. Since then PB has spread to over 7,000 cities around the world, and has been used to decide budgets from states, counties, cities, housing authorities, schools, and other institutions.
The New York Times calls PB “revolutionary civics in action”— it deepens democracy, builds stronger communities, and creates a more equitable distribution of public resources.