Methods

  • Cabildo Abierto (pluralized as Cabildos Abiertos), translates as "Open Town Council." It is a form of deliberative meeting that has used in South and Central America beginning in the 16th Century. The Cabildo Abierto was originally used to assemble citizens in case of emergencies and disasters. They also served as...
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    Citizen Advisory Boards are a local government entity which consists of volunteer citizens from the community they represent. Citizen Advisory Boards add to the deliberative quality of a democracy by involving everyday citizens in political processes that help shape the policies of a local government. Definition The responsibilities of a...
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    The Citizen Councilor Network is overseen by the King County Auditor's Office in Seattle. This method is used in support of the Countywide Community Forums (of King County). Notes The cost to conduct a "round" of the network is highly variable. The more volunteer support you can find the lower...
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    Collaborative governance is a young, emerging form of governance being developed to adapt the traditional aims of direct democracy with the new capabilities presented by the internet. Practical development of this governance method is being undertaken by the Metagovernment project. Traditional implementations of direct participation have labored under enormous obstacles...
  • Consensus forums are similar to consensus conferences but differ in the number of participants actively involved in the decision making process. The forum setting brings together a diverse range of citizens who work in small groups to develop common points of agreements around an issue.
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