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Online deliberation as preamble to large-scale facilitated engagement events

For the Fourth International Conference on Online Deliberation at Leeds, Rob Lubensky submitted a paper entitled Online deliberation as preamble to large-scale facilitated engagement events (pdf 107kb).

His thesis is that facilitated, online deliberation in the lead-up to face-to-face public engagement should constructively focus on the diversity and multiplicity of values, ethics, beliefs and even self-interests that public policy in a particular context should satisfy. Public deliberation would be more inclusive and legitimate if this landscape is well-explored before policy solutions are considered. A protracted online phase provides the time necessary for this exploration, at relatively low cost.

Ron Lubensky
http://www.deliberations.com.au

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