4 Responses to Deliberative Barriers and Opportunities

  1. Lucas Cioffi says:

    Well said.

    It would also be interesting to layer a dimension of perception vs. reality on top of the grid. For example, sometimes leaders will say they are for collaboration just to score political points. Although they aren’t taking any actions toward collaboration in those instances, their words create space for citizens to call them on it and to apply pressure to turn the leader’s nominal support for collaboration into action.

  2. Rick Wood says:

    I guess I need a definition of “public-making” to truly understand, but I think I get it. Creating a valid forum is going to be a critical step. Sometimes it will be easy, and natural. But other times it’s going to take some thought. It’s almost a process about the process. But we don’t want to overthink it either. Sometimes–perhaps most times–we will have to say “good enough, let’s go!” It seems to me there will always a problem to get the people at the highest echelons to participate in deliberation, but there is much less of a problem for them to assign people they trust to the process. Such a process can be a “valid forum,” I think, if set up right. So the problem really is to get the people at the highest echelons to accept that a process would be valuable to them.

  3. Ron Lubensky says:

    Terrific post, Craig!

    The competition/collaboration axis is an analogue to the individual/community split, and status quo/change is the analogue to conservative/progressive. But stating it as you have shifts it from a matter of personal identity to a matter of approach and activity, which I think invites opportunities. (So perhaps don’t say “Collaboration-Change people”, but instead people who are inclined to collaboration and change.)

    The other axis you might consider is the split between (for want of better terms) relative subjectivism and universal objectivism. At its extremes, some people think that we should co-exist and cater to a dynamic diversity of social and political values, while others think we should all follow a single moral authority or accept a majoritarian outcome absolutely.

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