Profiles of Four Citizen Deliberations Involving Alberta Climate Dialogue
Lorelei L. Hanson
This chapter profiles the four citizen deliberation projects undertaken by ABCD between 2012-2014 to understand the development of each, with a particular focus on social learning outcomes that enabled collective agreement and action. The voices of citizens, as well as volunteer small group facilitators and note takers, are emphasized; the chapter integrates their experiences into the critical evaluation of each of the four ABCD deliberations.
- Addressing the complexity of wicked issues like climate change requires new modes of management, governance and decision making that are anticipatory, adaptive and support social learning.
- Social learning supports groups and individuals in acquiring factual knowledge, technical and social skills, changes in cognition and attitudes, and in developing trusting relationships directed at collective agreement and action.
- With its focus on values, deliberation provides a public engagement process that helps people connect public policy issues to their own lives and aspirations, and understand the trade-offs required for collective problem solving.
- Existing public policies, institutional designs and organizational cultures often impede citizen social learning processes rooted in the co-creation of knowledge; public deliberation offers tools and key insights so that we can begin to reframe our public systems and paradigms, and thus better address the daunting challenges of our times.
- “How to Build Community Where There are No Easy Answers” - UniverCity Connections video featuring Martin Carcasson.
- “Tackling Wicked Problems through Deliberative Engagement” - Martin Carcasson, Colorado Municipalities 2013.
- The Deliberative Democracy Consortium
- National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
- Environmental Politics and Deliberative Democracy: Examining the Promise of New Modes of Governance - Karin Backstrand, Jamil Khan, Annica Kronsell & Eva Lövbrand eds., Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing 2010.
- Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance - Mikko Rask, Rachard Worthington and Minna Lammi eds., New York: Earthscan 2012.