Participatory budgeting can't begin before elected officials deciding to share real power and delegate decision making to the community. That's won't happen until we make our voice heard. When communicating to elected officials it is best to use your own words, but see here for some help and inspiration. Describe what excites you about participatory democracy and PB in particular and why now is the time to innovate our democracy and expand participatory mechanisms to build community, share power, and reconstitute self-governance.