The Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team


Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting is a tool for participatory budgeting at the state, federal, and local levels. It will not only aid decision-makers in harnessing collective intelligence, but also lead to community members to be more informed and engaged. It was adopted from the earlier Widescope project. Read this Wall Street Journal article to learn more about it: Crowdsourcing Deficit Reduction

This project is conducted in partnership with Participatory Budgeting Project.


Consensus is a project focused on connecting communities through collaboration and decision-making. It's premise is that one can facilitate large-scale deliberation through simple and intelligently chosen tasks. For an example of crowdsourcing laws using Consensus, see our article on Finland's off-road traffic law.