Goals of PB Chicago
We aim for our process to be fair and just, both in the distribution of funds to the areas of most need as well as in the participation of community members. A focus on equitable participation, working harder to engage the most marginalized populations, will lead to a more diverse and representative process.
We strive to include the entire community - especially those who are often excluded from the political process, who face obstacles to participating, or who may feel disillusioned with politics. By making every effort to actively engage these communities and reduce obstacles to participation, we hope to reduce the influence of groups with more resources from dominating the decision-making process, and to generate spending decisions that better reflect the entire community’s needs.
COMMUNITY & COALITION BUILDING
We work to strengthen our communities and the individuals within them through outreach, education, dialogue, and civic engagement. This process is designed to bring us together to make better budget decisions. Working together to identify needs, learn about our resources and sharing solutions not only connects individuals to one another, but also creates collaboration across blocks, neighborhoods and organizations inspiring people to work together to improve the community.
We aim to maintain sustainability. Healthy democratic processes require renewal and support for the individuals participating. Through training and workshops as well as expert support, we provide tools and space to that allow communities to develop sustainable projects and leaders. Our processes provide space for new and existing community leaders to learn and practice skills, build relationships and work together to find sustainable solutions to address community needs.