I personally am a big fan of the work being done by our friends at the Participatory Budgeting Project, and they made two pretty exciting announcements recently that we wanted to share with you.
First, as an exercise in walking the talk, the PBP asked its donors to decide how they should spend the money they donated in the coming year, and the results of the vote are in:
The polls have closed and the votes are tallied…we are thrilled to announce the results of PBP’s second annual PB2 process! To practice what we preach, last fall we invited PB organizers far and wide to help us brainstorm and prioritize project ideas for moving PB forward in North America. Then we asked everyone who donated to PBP last year to vote on which projects to fund in 2014…
We committed to use half the money raised in donations to fund the projects with the most votes. Thanks to the generous contributions of 193 supporters, we raised over $28,000 total, so roughly $14,000 for PB2. This means that we can fund the top two projects above: an Organizing for PB Toolkit and a Youth PB Campaign!
Stay tuned for more info on these two projects! We’ll also do our best to move forward on the other priorities, through in-kind support and other revenue resources. And if you missed your chance to give and vote, please consider donating to PBP now, so that we can carry out more of your PB priorities.
Our young people will never be prepared to be effective participants in a democratic society if they never have a chance to practice, so it is quite exciting to see PBP focusing on engaging young people in their participatory process! We look forward to hearing more about how the work goes.
Second, PBP has announced the dates for their 3rd international conference:
PBP is happy to announce that our 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting will take place September 25-28, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be posting information about flights, hotels, registration and conference venues. In the meantime, please mark your calendars and stay tuned. You can browse past conference sessions here and send questions or comments to [email protected].
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We encourage you to save the date and consider attending this exciting gathering! You can find out more about PBP at www.participatorybudgeting.org.