• Method: ConsiderIt

    ConsiderIt is an open source platform that encourages users to engage in thoughtful discussion across difference on complex issues. The 2010 Washington state Living Voters Guide was the first project to implement the ConsiderIt platform. It aims to decrease polarization and increase communication that encourages participants to find a common...
  • Method: ConsiderIt

    Definition ConsiderIt is an internet-based platform that stems from the basis of personal deliberation into a form of public deliberation . It allows users to examine trade-offs and the vantage points of other users on proposed actions such as ballot measures, by forming deliberation around a list of pro and...
  • Method: Constitution

    Definition A Constitution is the top-most governing document of an organization. It defines the various types of autonomy (the roles) people have. It limits powers of the main leaders. It allows for amendments. It provides various rights either implicitly or explicitly. It provides measurable processes, whether in elections, decision-making, who...
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    Definition Conversation Cafes are openly hosted conversations in local coffee shops, but are also widely entertained inside, but not limited to, restaurants, conference rooms, churches, and classrooms. This participatory method was intentionally designed in efforts to gather friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers to exchange something more than "small talk" on...
  • Creative planning is a deliberative technique often embedded within a larger participatory planning process. It's goal is to relieve participants of practical or analytical constraints so that brainstorming and idea generation can flow organically without worrying that one is straying too far 'outside the box'.
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