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October 28, 2008

"where is democracy headed?"

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium recently published a report by this name that summarizes what we know about practical deliberative democracy--processes that convene representative citizens to develop policies or strategies to address public issues. The report had an unusual origin. Lars Hasselblad Torres and I organized a wiki (a shared online document) to allow several dozen authors to work on the report together. We enriched the text by interviewing about 20 people and pasting their responses as quotes into the wiki. Finally, we edited and reorganized the whole document for publication. So it's a deliberative document about deliberation. I don't think the PDF is online yet, but we are doing a webinar to summarize the findings later today (1 pm Eastern), and you can still sign up for it.

October 28, 2008 9:12 AM | category: none

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