Deliberative Democracy Workshop: February 3-5, 2011 in Sydney, Australia

In case you haven’t seen, there’s a very interesting event coming up this week. The Deliberative Democracy Workshop “Connecting Research and Practice” will take place February 3-5, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. An invited workshop, it will bring together some of the leading researchers and practitioners in this field from around the world.

The expected key outcomes as listed on the site:

  • Set the context for deliberative democracy in theory and practice
  • Build mutual understanding between researchers and public participation practitioners
  • Experience different deliberative techniques
  • Establish and promote the potential of deliberative democracy and public participation (especially to contribute to the resolution of complex challenges of our time)
  • Determine priorities for further research and recommend proposals for funding.

The workshop organizers are putting in a lot of effort to allow the larger community to follow the event remotely (via their event blog, Twitter and occasional polls). Check their website for details.

I look forward to checking in regularly over the coming days (note that for people on Pacific Time the event starts Wednesday afternoon). Now that we have a product, we can finally make good on our pledge to be accessible to outside research and to share back any findings liberally.

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