2019-01-08 • • PB²
One of the biggests downfalls of scaling PB is having excellent facilitators in every space, but what if we could develop tools to empower ANYONE to be an excellent facilitaor? Meet the dinnertime democracy toolkit - a toolkit that connects to any phase of PB and makes it easy for folks to gather and talk democracy. The toolkit will feature simple prompting discussion questions, opportunities to work on refining ideas and instructions on how to submit or reecord an idea for submission. While no two PB processes are the same, the process for ideating and weighing choices around community needs are the same. I envision this tool focusing on those elements, but offering instructions and prompts to make conversation and open dialogue more approachable.
2018-12-20 • • PB²
BECAUSE IF ALL HUMAN, ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ARE PRESERVED INDEFINITELY, THEN THERE WOULD BE NO MORE WARS, HATE CRIMES, BULLYING AND ALL OTHER CRIMES/ABUSE FOR FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER!!!
2018-12-20 • • PB²
Understand why it is a good idea to spend their philanthropic/non profit funding through PB; either by contributing to an existing PB process (e.g. a schools/University based PB); to benefit a specific community (e.g. to mobilise community organisers to get people out from a specific demographic in a PB process, or to fund community action); or in other ways share the benefit of what they do with a community affected by their operations (for example mining or energy companies using PB as a way of 'paying back' for the enviornmental or other impacts of their operation from their profits.) Or even to reward innovation through a staff led PB, that could develop new projects within an organisation, or as a fundraising/donor engagement method pretty much like what PBP is doing here... Examples could be taken from the Q exchange to fund health innovators (in the UK) (https://q.health.org.uk/get-involved/q-exchange/) or to build in the work already being done on 'participatory grant making' (as in https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2018/11/9/power-in-letting-go-how-participatory-grantmakers-are-democratizing-philanthropy)
2018-12-17 • • PB²
Jackbox provides an interactive platform for folks to connect virtually while in person -- sharing ideas, creativity, and laughs. Let's utilize engaging mixed media games (like Jackbox or other) to collect ideas for PB. If we partner with Jackbox or other similar providers, we could create a digital toolkit to share with PB processes everywhere -- they could access these new games and utilize in assemblies!
2019-05-06 • • PB²
So people could overcome language barriers to learning about participatory bugeting. The existing verion of the PBP's video introduction to participatory budgeting with spanish subtitles is super useful:
I low cost PB squared project might be to simply do the same for other languages. Most useful for me in my community would be Russian, Mandran Chinese, and Veitnamese.
Perhaps a higher cost project could be to create a new introductory videos designed for different ethnic/langauge groups.
2019-02-28 • • PB²
PBP does a great job compared to many organizations in advancing equity in our work AND in how we run things internally day to day. But we can always do better! Funds could be used to hire external consultants for training, coaching and/or evaluation to support PBP in further diversifying our staff and board representation, and improving policies that advance recruiting, retaining, and advancing a diverse team.
A key output for our broader constituency could be a blog post or short case study on what we learned, resournces we used (e.g., publicly available guides or blogs we found helpful), how we've changed. This can can be useful for organizations and agencies that are tackling broader equity efforts while launching and growing PB.
2019-02-26 • • PB²
A training portal or series -online, in person and/or via Skype, to train folks across the country to be able to start and lead PB discussions in their communities. This could include a series of trainings and webinars, and printed collateral for the new trainers to give to interested PB folks.
2019-02-26 • • PB²
Develop a toolkit that organizations can use to implement PB for their own budgets. Helping organizations run their own PB processes will empower their staff and community, and build capacity and awareness for PB. This project will enable other organizations to adapt the PB2 model that PBP has already developed.
2019-02-19 • • PB²
People are working hard to bring PB to funders, communities and institutions. It makes it easier to have the same messaging and legitimacy when we have some cool and uniform swag. It also allows our amplifiers to get excited about working with us while doing the work. We need to outfit our movement.