In 2012, the City of Canada Bay Council proposed an innovative method of deliberative democracy to obtain the advice of citizens in making decisions for the range and quality of council services for the period 2014-18. With this in mind, the Canada Bay Council partnered with groups such as Straight Talk and newDemocracy to create a panel of 36 randomly citizens. This group worked in parallel to a randomly selected group of council staff.
After having adopted a landscape plan, including territorial safeguards, the Region of Tuscany intended to have a public debate with citizens and professional, scientific, and field experts before final approval of the plan, on the
Il Padule Che Vorremmo ("The Wetland We Want") was a participatory process that occurred over six months between 2009-2010 in the municipality of Ponte Buggianese in Tuscany, Italy. The process used field research, the expertise of technical experts, and conflict mediation techniques to facilitate citizen input through working groups. Through this process the various stakeholders were able to come to an agreement about the restructuring of the local sewage treatment system and its impact on the Fucecchio Wetland.
The Year of Civil Discourse on Israel was a year long initiative organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties. The Initiative was designed to foster discussion and community building among the Bay Area Jewish Community over disagreements regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict. From December 2010 to December 2011 a number of events were held to help tackle this issue, such as facilitator training sessions and book and movie reviews.