Co-Governing Our Commons: Local to Global Decision-Making throughPublic Deliberation

Using Public Deliberation: Co-governing the Commons

By Jan Inglis

 

Commons: gifts of nature & society; wealth we inherit or create together and must pass on, undiminished or enhanced, to our children; e.g. water, oceans, culture, technology, seeds etc

Public Deliberation: a process for reaching agreements by deeply considering the costs, consequences, and trade offs of various approaches to complex public issues.

…Considerations in designing deliberative processes: 

As local and global citizens, we need to take actions to care for our commons

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However, before taking action, there has to be decisions to take the actions.

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Decisions about actions need to include the voices of those most impacted.

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Before these decisions can be made, there need to be good options to decide upon.

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Before these options for solutions are identified, there needs to be shared understanding regarding the diverse causes of the problem.

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Before we agree to causes and options for solutions, we need to know that different people will have different experiences about what caused the problems and how to resolve them

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We need to see these different experiences as legitimate perspectives that may contribute to effective actions and solutions

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Using forums designed to have citizens analyze their issues from different perspectives means we have a better chance of creating considered and comprehensive solutions together.

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This is called designed deliberative democracy: it is useful for engaging local and global citizens to make agreements needed to co-govern their commons through social charters and trusts.

Commons, social charters and trusts: see http://globalcommonstrust.org Developmentally Designed Deliberative Democracy: see www.global-arina.org, www.integrativelearninginstitute.com,

Jan Inglis is a Public Decisions Facilitator with Global Commons Trust, 3Ddemocracy@telus.net

Tags: , designed deliberative democracy, local decision-making, public deliberation,

Categories: Commons, Direct Democracy, General Assemblies, Identity & Strategy, Thinking Together, Uncategorized, Working Groups

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