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Our Mission

We work for more participatory and just public budgeting for all Oregonians by centering the expertise and leadership of underrepresented communities.

Vision and
Values

We envision Oregon as a multicultural and multiracial participatory democracy that centers marginalized communities so that all of the state’s people know their power.

Equity and inclusion, with an emphasis on racial justice

Community-based and human-centered approaches

Stewardship of people and place

Transparency and accountability

Collaboration and learning together

Fun & play as a means for more inclusive and participatory democracy

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Our History

Participatory Budgeting Oregon formed in 2018 after cohosting a Community Forum to explore bringing participatory budgeting (PB) to the Portland-metro Region. Conversations with national PB experts and local community leaders led us identified the need for a statewide organization to educate, organize and support launching and implementing PB grounded in the Forum's recommendations.

 

Since our inception, we have prioritized building an organization and a team that values collaboration, participatory decision making, transparency, accountability and reflective practice. We center on equity, justice and inclusion with an emphasis on the racial and class barriers to participatory democracy. We recognize that a truly liberatory democracy must both heal the traumas of the past with and through participatory mechanisms that redistribute power in the present.

 

We operate with the methods of sociocracy, popular education, and participatory democracy. We combine our passion and knowledge of PB with our love of the land and connections to our communities. We see PB as a tool to create a vibrant mulit-racial democracy that engages and represents the full diversity of the people, their priorities and collective potential. 

PB Oregon is an Oregon incorporated non-profit that currently operates as a fiscally sponsored project of East Metro Arts Culture and Community an Oregon-incorporated tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.