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Brian G. Dowling

The way to modern direct democracy in Switzerland | Swiss History - 0 views

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    "When it comes to political co-determination by citizens, Switzerland is the undisputed world champion. More than one third of all referendums ever held at national level worldwide have taken place in Switzerland. The historical origins of direct democracy in Switzerland are just as interesting as the continuing topical nature of citizens' rights themselves. We provide below an overview. "
Brian G. Dowling

Why have we lost control and how can we regain it? : RSA blogs - 0 views

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    The problem is that we use these powers in historically/culturally path dependent ways so the tensions become more acute. The rationalism of the nation-state as a system-hierarchy is good when talking to other states (treaty writing as per Kyoto or the Treaty of Rome), or when universal rules are needed (eg tax collection) but bad at the particular (eg helping troubled families). Passion-populism is critical for mobilisation but can also be corrosive as it fails to offer any real solutions (see UKIP et al). Creative-civic power is good at adapting resources, institutions, and policies to particular needs or ambitions but it is bad at universal welfare and justice. It can also be just as failure prone as passion politics and hierarchy (it's hard and complex to confront particular, local and personal challenges).
Brian G. Dowling

e-Deliberation™ is a secure web-based collaborative process to support groups... - 1 views

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    e-Deliberation™ is a collaborative platform for decision making and strategy building. It is used by teams and communities to resolve multi-stakeholder & multifaceted challenges and problems. Your team has the ideas and experience needed to solve almost any problem or challenge. The difficulty lies in making these ideas emerge and weave them into great decisions, policies, and strategies. e-Deliberation makes this easy. Use the e‑Deliberation™ online platform to support your people achieve a meeting of the minds. Way beyond just consulting people or getting feedback, this is collaborative deliberation.
Brian G. Dowling

Deliberative Democracy Consortium Facebook page - 0 views

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    The Deliberative Democracy Consortium is an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world.
Brian G. Dowling

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium - 1 views

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    deliberative-democracy.net is the online home of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. The mission of the Consortium is to bring together practitioners and researchers to support and foster the nascent, broad-based movement to promote and institutionalize deliberative democracy at all levels of governance in the United States and around the world.
Brian G. Dowling

Kettering Foundation: What Does It Take for Democracy to Work as It Should? - 0 views

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    ABOUT THE KETTERING FOUNDATION The Kettering Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan research organization rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Everything Kettering researches relates to one central question: what does it take for democracy to work as it should? Or put another way: What does it take for citizens to shape their collective future?

    The foundation explores ways that key political practices can be strengthened through innovations that emphasize active roles for citizens. Kettering's research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people collectively can do to address problems affecting their lives, their community, and their nation.
Brian G. Dowling

Center for Deliberative Democracy - 0 views

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    The Center for Deliberative Democracy, housed in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®.
Brian G. Dowling

California Deliberative Democracy: California State of Mind: PBS Special - 1 views

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    The following are excerpts from the PBS documentary on the What's Next California Deliberative Poll® on governance reform.
Brian G. Dowling

What's Next California? Deliberative Poll | NextCA.org - 1 views

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    What's Next California is an unprecedented attempt to bring the people into the process in a new way-one that is representative and thoughtful. A scientific random sample of the entire state will be transported to a single place for a weekend of face-to-face discussions, in small groups and in dialogue with competing experts. In California's first statewide "Deliberative Poll," the people will be supported by factual information and will consider the critical arguments on both sides of issues, then will articulate their priorities for fixing the state.
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