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NCDD-DISCUSSION  January 2012, Week 2

NCDD-DISCUSSION January 2012, Week 2

Subject:

Inquiries for 1/17 Confab Call with Tom Atlee

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Tom Atlee <[log in to unmask]>

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Tom Atlee <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:53:30 -0800

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Dear NCDD friends,

I just wanted to briefly share my expectations for the NCDD Confab Call with me on Tuesday, January 17th at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific).  (If you'd like to participate you can register at 
http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/SU5ISTNQ00T68NR - and you can find out more in Sandy's email to us on Dec 28.)

While I still invite to read and comment on the two chapters of my in-progress book that were posted online
http://www.realitysandwich.com/empowering_public_wisdom
http://www.realitysandwich.com/empowered_public_wisdom_rising_grassroots
it is not at all necessary.  I will only spend 5 or 10 minutes describing the thesis of my book and I don't expect we will be discussing the book or those chapters, as such.  

What I'd enjoy exploring in dialogue with you are topics related to the book's theme of "empowering public wisdom" which also relate to other work NCDDers do.  These topics include:

*  What are the tradeoffs between open forums for citizen participation and randomly selected citizen panels?  Why do we choose to do one or the other?

*  When convening "mini-publics" (panels of randomly selected citizens), what is involved in their being representative - or being SEEN to be representative, and trusted as a legitimate voice - of the larger community?  

*  When it comes to crafting public policy, what are the trade-offs (and divisions of labor) involved in (a) elected representatives being fully responsible for it, (b) having deliberative citizen bodies advise officials, and (c) giving deliberative citizen panels real power to directly shape policy?

*  What is gained and lost in the choice between online and face-to-face citizen engagements?  Do conference calls and video conferencing have a potential role to play in formal citizen deliberations?  Is it actually possible to have quality online deliberation among ordinary citizens - especially if they are randomly selected?

*  What do we feel about the various overriding narratives which shape our work on citizen participation?  Some of those overriding narratives suggest that our job is:
  - to inform citizens to make better decisions as voters
  - to allow citizens to voice their opinions as input for decision-makers
  - to enable citizens to shift their opinions in interactions with others
  - to generate public judgment
  - to generate public wisdom
  - to empower the people to make policy that affects their lives
  - to help communities (of place, of interest) self-organize

Our conference call dialogue can be a relaxed and meandering "living room conversation".  I would love to hear what you have to say about topics like this - and am open to other topics that you might like to raise.  We don't have to cover any particular ground or arrive at any particular conclusions.

I hope to "see you there" and, regardless, I wish you the best at this start of what promises to be a very interesting year, in so many ways!

Coheartedly,
Tom

_______________________________

Tom Atlee, The Co-Intelligence Institute, POB 493, Eugene, OR 97440
site: http://www.co-intelligence.org  /  blog: http://tom-atlee.posterous.com
Read THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY -  http://www.taoofdemocracy.com and
REFLECTIONS ON EVOLUTIONARY ACTIVISM - http://evolutionaryactivism.com
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