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Democracy Rising 3: Deliberation and Ecological Resilience

By Adolf G. Gundersen, 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 contributors only. Deliberation and Ecological Resilience Just as the meeting was about to start, a pair of feet extending from a wheelchair appeared at the door. I invited the 102-year-old occupant to join us. She apologized for being late by saying she was recovering from a fall just a few days before. Contusions were still visible about her face. But she beamed around the room, exclaiming, “Nothing was going to keep me from coming today!” That experience came at about the half-way point...

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Democracy Rising 2: Nine Short Arguments for Deliberative Democracy

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 contributors only. You can read the Introduction to this series on Resilience.org here.  Nine Short Arguments for Deliberative Democracy In a democracy, being a citizen is essential work.—George Packer[1] The United States is a country with—in the phrase sadly immortalized by Covid-19—serious underlying conditions.[2] It would be glib and simplistic to say that deliberative democracy[3] is the cure for those conditions, but the premise of Democracy Rising is that DD is a key aspect of the treatment. There are many resources available to...

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Democracy Rising 1 Introduction: Idiots Я Us

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. Written by deliberation scholars and practitioners, 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 contributors only. Introduction: Idiots Я Us Most Americans consider the freedom from politics to be part of their wellbeing.—Robert Samuelson[1] Politicians are always letting the public off the hook—it might be the most unforgivably dishonest thing they do.—George Packer[2] Democracy is not the multiplication of ignorant opinions. —Beatrice Webb[3] To be meaningful, democracy requires settings that allow direct knowledge of persons and issues.—William Ophuls[4] Come now, and let us reason together.—Isaiah 1:18 Pop quiz: the American political...

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