Project Description:

This deliberative democracy practice-research workshop will provide professional development, networking and advocacy. Practitioners and researchers will showcase and share practical experiences, empirical results and theoretical insights. Newbies are welcome as we explore how deliberation is integrated with community engagement. Run over 2 days in Canberra, the workshop will feature a master class, a public showcase, and a participatory workshop. Funding will support a working group.


Advocating for Engagement:

This workshop will bring together organisations and individuals who advocate for deliberative engagement to inform and improve political decision-making, with considerable influence. A workshop of this kind, particularly including a public forum, will reach out to both practitioners and potential sponsors of engagement, including at all levels of government. In Canberra, the workshop is likely to attract bureaucrats and advisors from Territory and Federal Governments who are interested in citizen engagement and open government. The workshop therefore represents an opportunity for high-level, influential, targeted advocacy.


Strengthening Engagement Networks:

Deliberative engagement practitioners form a network within IAP2. The workshop will be part of an ongoing series: Deliberative Democracy: Connecting Research & Practice, Sydney, 2011; Crossing the Divide, Canberra, 2015; Beyond the Vote, Open State, Adelaide, 2016. The intention of reaching out to IAP2 is to strengthen connections between the DD network and the wider field of community engagement. Maintaining these links is essential to a unified engagement community, and to improving and integrating engagement practice. Deliberative democracy is not a magic bullet, and its integration in broader processes of community engagement is essential to its success and its ability to strengthen engagement practice generally. This requires critical exchange and mutual understanding, which will be fostered in this workshop. The workshop will also strengthen links between practitioners and researchers, enabling practice to be informed by research, and research to explore developments in practice.


Advocating Professional Development:

The Deliberative State workshop will provide introductory and advanced professional development in deliberative democracy practice and theory. It will also, in connecting practitioners with researchers, create channels for more ongoing exchange between the two groups, which will enrich the practice and the research. Funding to support the working group will also create an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to work together to organise a really great workshop and to be paid for their time. This in itself provides professional exchange and development and strengthens the network.


Budget:

Project Expenses: Working Group time 7 days $1000/day $7000

Workshop Facilitation 1.5 days $2000/day $3000

Total $10,000

Project Description:

This deliberative democracy practice-research workshop will provide professional development, networking and advocacy. Practitioners and researchers will showcase and share practical experiences, empirical results and theoretical insights. Newbies are welcome as we explore how deliberation is integrated with community engagement. Run over 2 days in Canberra, the workshop will feature a master class, a public showcase, and a participatory workshop. Funding will support a working group.


Advocating for Engagement:

This workshop will bring together organisations and individuals who advocate for deliberative engagement to inform and improve political decision-making, with considerable influence. A workshop of this kind, particularly including a public forum, will reach out to both practitioners and potential sponsors of engagement, including at all levels of government. In Canberra, the workshop is likely to attract bureaucrats and advisors from Territory and Federal Governments who are interested in citizen engagement and open government. The workshop therefore represents an opportunity for high-level, influential, targeted advocacy.


Strengthening Engagement Networks:

Deliberative engagement practitioners form a network within IAP2. The workshop will be part of an ongoing series: Deliberative Democracy: Connecting Research & Practice, Sydney, 2011; Crossing the Divide, Canberra, 2015; Beyond the Vote, Open State, Adelaide, 2016. The intention of reaching out to IAP2 is to strengthen connections between the DD network and the wider field of community engagement. Maintaining these links is essential to a unified engagement community, and to improving and integrating engagement practice. Deliberative democracy is not a magic bullet, and its integration in broader processes of community engagement is essential to its success and its ability to strengthen engagement practice generally. This requires critical exchange and mutual understanding, which will be fostered in this workshop. The workshop will also strengthen links between practitioners and researchers, enabling practice to be informed by research, and research to explore developments in practice.


Advocating Professional Development:

The Deliberative State workshop will provide introductory and advanced professional development in deliberative democracy practice and theory. It will also, in connecting practitioners with researchers, create channels for more ongoing exchange between the two groups, which will enrich the practice and the research. Funding to support the working group will also create an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to work together to organise a really great workshop and to be paid for their time. This in itself provides professional exchange and development and strengthens the network.


Budget:

Project Expenses: Working Group time 7 days $1000/day $7000

Workshop Facilitation 1.5 days $2000/day $3000

Total $10,000