Center for the Study of Citizen Deliberation (CSCD) Project
Purpose: To provide high quality intellectual capital
used by change agents to enhance democracy through better citizen
Target: Purchase the "citizendeliberation.org"
URL to establish an online clearinghouse for high-quality information
about citizen deliberation.
"Democracy comes alive
when diverse citizens come together
to reflect creatively
on their common affairs"
The site would include at least the following:
- The learning edge
Here are some notes on what might be on this site, for starters...
What do you mean by deliberation?
What is citizen deliberation?
How does citizen deliberation relate to public participation?
To deliberative democracy?
What's so special about citizen deliberation?
What is the Center for the Study of Citizen Deliberation all
What do you mean by "a trustworthy voice of We the People"?
What do you mean by "community wisdom"?
Where can I find out more and participate in this?
Citizens as policymakers (participatory budget, Canada's current
Citizens at dialogue shapers (CDCs, community visioning)
Citizens as advisors (citizen advisory councils, 21st Century
Town Meetings, charettes)
Citizens represented at the table (stakeholder meetings, future
Citizens exploring and acting together (study circles, open space,
various cafe modes, online deliberations)
Citizens seeing citizens deliberate (Electronic town hall meetings,
Conversational techniques (circle, dynamic facilitation, dialogue
Electronic deliberation tools
Democratic design (making community, architectural, institutional
and cultural space for conversation)
Maclean's "The Peoples Verdict" (Canada, 1991)
Oregon Health Initiatives
Jackson Michigan (?) (Carole Schwinn's amazing community project)
Consensus Conference on Biotechnology (UK)
Listening to the City (America Speaks, NY)
A Call to Move beyond Public Opinion to Public Judgment -
Deep Democracy and Community Wisdom - Atlee
Deliberative Citizens' Forums and Interest Groups: Roles, Tensions
and Incentives - Henriks
The Rhetoric of Public Dialogue - Anderson, Cissna, and Clune
Multi-process theory and reviews:
Multi-process Public Participation Programs - Atlee
Democracy and the Precautionary Principle - Pellerano and Montague
Innovations in Public Participation and Environmental Decision-Making
- Konisky and Beierle
Contemporary Public Involvement - Jackson
Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Empowerment - IIED
Experiments in Empowered Deliberative Democracy - Fung and Wright
Engaging Citizens in Policy-making - OECD
Ideas for Community Consultation - Carson and Gelber
A Review of Public Participation and Consultation Methods - Abelson,
Empowering Regions - ARS
Participatory Environmental Policy Processes - Holmes and Scoones
(see "methods" for specific method-related resources)
Multi-Process Citizen Deliberation
The Tao of Democracy - Atlee
Fairness and Competence in Citizen Participation - Renn, Webler
Random Selection in Politics - Carson and Martin
Centered on the Edge - Fetzer Institute
The Change Handbook - Holman and Devane
The Joy of Conversation - Sandra and Utne
Beyond Adversary Democracy - Mansbridge
The New State - Follett
The Local Politics of Global Sustainability - Prugh, Costanza
The Quickening of America - Lappe and Du Bois
Deepening Democracy - Gung and Wright
Organizations and Websites:
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
Consortium for Deliberative Democracy
Study Circles Resource Center
Civic Practices Network
Foundations that support public deliberation:
To be researched.
THE LEARNING EDGE
Wikis and online dialogues about issues related to citizen
deliberation -- including explorations and critiques of Tom Atlee's
extensive "Multi-process Public Participation Programs"
- What are the cultural and institutional obstacles to citizen
deliberation, its success and its empowerment?
- To what extent do randomly selected citizen deliberative
councils produce outcomes recognized as desirable and/or common
sense -- or just better than traditional official political/governmental
outcomes -- by the public from which they were drawn?
- What approaches help people of diverse values subcultures
to work together creatively on public issues?
- What characteristics or dynamics underlie all successful
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