|PB Arrives in San Francisco|
PBP is excited to serve as technical assistance partner for a new participatory budgeting process in San Francisco! David Chiu, President of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors (the equivalent of City Council) announced the launch of a PB process in District 3 last week, with support from the Office of the Controller, PBP, and our friends at the Right to the City Alliance.
During this abbreviated pilot program, residents will directly decide how to spend $100,000 of discretionary funding. Programs and activities will be eligible, along with capital projects. The initiative will serve as a model for potential broader application, including for the tens of millions of dollars allocated through the city’s controversial “add-back” process. While this initial program is small, the potential is big.
See the press release for more info, and read more about the spread of PB in the Bay Area here and here.
$11,760, 6 Projects, 34 Votes
Less than a month ago we launched our very own PB process - aka our first fundraising drive. Through PB2, we're inviting you to decide how to spend half of the money we raise in donations in the rest of 2012. If you donate, you get to vote for how the donations are spent, and help chart the future for PB.
So far, we've raised $11,760! We are especially humbled by the 60 supporters who gave $6,756 on GivingTuesday, in our first real fundraising day! We thank everyone who gave, tweeted, posted, emailed, and reached out to friends and family - and especially our two donors who contributed matching funds! It goes to show that once people learn about PB, they want to spread the idea!
With the money raised so far we can fund at least one of the six critical projects on the PB2 ballot. Check out the first three project pitches written by PBP staff - for a New PB Video, a Youth PB Campaign and Office Furniture & Equipment! Will you help make two (or more) projects a reality? Read more here, and please vote! So far, 34 votes have been cast, so you can make a real difference!
US Election Results for PB
Several PB supporters ran in the recent US election. Below are some highlights, and you can see a full list of results here. If you know of more that should be added to the list, let us know.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Carmin Yulín Cruz won a tight race to become the next mayor of San Juan. She has promised to launch participatory budgeting in her first 100 hours in office!
City Council Members Eric Ulrich and Dan Halloran, who are implementing PB with their Council Member funds this year, both lost their bids for higher office, but they will remain in their City Council seats.
San Francisco Supervisors (the equivalent of City Council Members) David Chiu and John Avalos won easy re-election.
Matthew Petty won re-election to the Fayetteville City Council.
We're on the road a lot this fall, raising awareness about PB and supporting local organizers. Some highlights so far:
Packed house for a community organization briefing in Buffalo.
PB Internship Opportunities
We're seeking several interns for Winter/Spring 2013:Please share with anyone who might be interested!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Now Recruiting for
Practical Visionaries Workshop: Spring 2013
Popular Education for Building a New Community Economy
Launched in spring 2011, the Practical Visionaries Workshop (PVW) brings together Tufts Department of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) and community partners in Greater Boston to share, learn and develop strategies for “justainable” (just and sustainable) cities. For more information, see http://pennloh.wordpress.com/practical-visionaries-workshop/.
The 2013 spring workshop will explore new visions for the community economy and how bring this visioning process to our communities. We need real economic development that can meet basic human needs, generate shared wealth and ownership, and sustain the health of people and planet. We know that Walmart and other big box developments are not the answer. We know that we already have some of the building blocks. And we draw inspiration from other efforts across the US and globally to build a solidarity economy.
The requirements for the Spring 2013 Workshop include:
· Eight 3-hour sessions from mid-January through April, with locations alternating between Tufts campus and community partner locations. The actual day/time will be set once we know who is willing to commit. Sessions will include mix of discussion, guest presenters, interactive exercises, relationship building, and report-back to community partner groups.
· Shorter readings and short written journals will be assigned (average of 1-2 hours prep per session).
· Community partner organizations are expected to support their leaders to participate (such as giving paid employees time off to participate).
· Practical Visionary Fellows are expected to bring the learning from the Workshop to a broader group within their organizations at least once during the Workshop period.
For more information or to nominate yourself (or someone else), please contact Penn Loh (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617 627-4608).