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Choice Work

Choice work is the work of making choices in Deliberation. It is work because we have conflicting values and motives – both within ourselves and with each other – about how to deal with any difficult issue.

Different values pull us in different directions when we have to decide how to act. Deliberation helps us appreciate the options we have and the trade-offs involved in each option, but ultimately we have to choose, and accept the price of the choice we make.

For more in depth coverage of this and other aspects of Deliberation see Making Choices Together at http://www.kettering.org/Foundation_Publications/Publication_List/MakingChoices2003.pdf.

Also see the Learning Exchange entry for "Citizen Choicework" for Public Agenda's take on this term.

Created on the NCDD wiki by members of the dialogue & deliberation community.

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