: PB²

This district has a budget of $30,000

All Ideas


Fix two major problems with one fix

2018-12-20  •  Timothy Campbell  •  PB²

Convince congress that all student college debt should be discharged allowing that money to flow into the economy, increasing demand and employment in housing, manufacturing, agriculture and retail.  Without the burden of $500 to $5,000 monthly payments, these young Americans will spend those funds on housing, furniture, clothing, transportation, groceries and entertainment, stimulating the economy like nothing else.


Toolkit: PB for Organization Budgets

2019-02-26  •  unanimador  •  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.


Video introduction to Participatory Budgeting with foreign language subtitles

2019-05-06  •  Jim Labbe  •  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.







Produce guidance on PB for Trusts, Foundations, or Private Philanthropy

2018-12-20  •  Jez Hall  •  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)


PB Training Fund

2019-02-26  •  Shari  •  PB²

$10,000 TA services to an institution who meets specific equity criteria that is interested in serving as a pilot evaluation site. These funds would not cover PB project implementation but could support or supplement PBP's contracted services. 


I envision a space where interested agencies could apply and send in information about why their location or institution would be the best place to bring PB. 


Video on PB in Elementary & Middle Schools

2019-03-23  •  unanimador  •  PB²

The PB in schools video is great, but it's very focused on high schools. As more elementary and middle schools get interested in PB, we need a short video to show how it works and why school leaders should try it. It should also show how PB can be used for parent engagement. This could maybe be a new version of the general PB video, or a separate one for lower grade schools. [idea came from another school parent]


Upgrade the PB Organizing Toolkit

2018-12-17  •  unanimador  •  PB²

More effectively organize to win PB in their community. The current PBP toolkit is from 2014, it could use an update, and to be made more interactive.


PB swag for Democracy Ambasadors

2019-02-19  •  Shari  •  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. 


Walk the Equity Talk

2019-02-28  •  jgodzeno  •  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.


Jackbox-ify PB

2018-12-17  •  Ashley Brennan  •  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!