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Democracy Rising 7: Deliberative Democracy: Deliberation

By Susan Clark, Resilience.org

Democracy Rising is a series of blog posts on deliberative democracy: what it is, why it’s powerful, why the time is right for it, how it works, and how to get it going in your community. The series originates in the United States but will discuss principles and draw upon examples from around the world. This post is the second of three discussing key elements of deliberative democracy: inclusion, deliberation, and power. Views and opinions expressed in each post are those of the individual contributor(s) only.  When I lead workshops about public engagement, I sometimes begin by asking folks about their own experiences. I assign half of my workshop participants to public engagement “Heaven,” tasked with describing what outstanding civic participation looks and feels like, and what it achieves. The other half are assigned to “Hell,” describing public processes from, well, you get the idea. The room quickly becomes animated....

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Democracy Rising 6: Deliberative Democracy: Inclusion

By Susan Clark, Resilience.org

Democracy Rising is a series of blog posts on deliberative democracy: what it is, why it’s powerful, why the time is right for it, how it works, and how to get it going in your community. The series originates in the United States but will discuss principles and draw upon examples from around the world. This post is the first of three that will discuss key pillars of deliberative democracy: inclusion, deliberation, and power. Views and opinions expressed in each post are those of the individual contributor(s) only. Deliberative Democracy: Inclusion What if we cultivated local democracy the way the artist-chefs of the Slow Food movement create a luscious meal? Obviously, we would gather the widest variety of fresh local ingredients. We would seek to understand them so we could help their finest qualities shine through, incorporating the best of both traditional wisdom and new techniques. And taking care not...

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Democracy Rising 5: Get Back: Deliberation’s Long and Winding Road

By Tom Prugh, Resilience.org

Democracy Rising is a series of blog posts on deliberative democracy: what it is, why it’s powerful, why the time is right for it, how it works, and how to get it going in your community. The series originates in the United States but will discuss principles and draw upon examples from around the world. Views and opinions expressed in each post are those of the individual contributor(s) only.  A common notion about the rise of civilization goes something like this: For many thousands of years, humans in a “state of nature” lived mainly in small, egalitarian hunting and gathering societies until, about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, they finally wised up, realized that endlessly wandering around looking for roots and berries was a miserable way to live, and decided instead to settle down, tame cattle and sheep, plant grain crops, and build cities. And then lived happily ever after—eventually...

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