“Porto le Mie Idee” is a participatory project promoted by a group of citizens of Marina di Carrara (a district of the city of Carrara), to make the project of the construction of the new water-front presented by the port authorities of Carrara suitable to the needs of the community. This group of citizens organized in the Committee “Marina si ribella” in 2009 turns itself into the association AmareMarina, which collected 600 signatures in order to obtain funding from the regional Participation Authority of Tuscany to carry out the project.
Developing a National Strategy for Rural Canada is a project initiated by attendees of the 1st Annual Rural Research Workshop: From Policy to Research and Back Again, held in Ottawa, Ontario on May 5, 2011.
The Workshop aimed to foster networking among rural researchers and to provide a forum for rural research and policy discourse.
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This case study features the Patient and Client Council (PCC), a publicly funded organization run by a 16-member management board under the Health and Socila Care (Reform) Act passed in Northern Ireland in 2009. The PCC aims to improve the involvement of health and social care services in public policy-making processes.
The San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable was a deliberative event conducted by Roots of Change in San Francisco, California. In September of 2008, Mayor Gavin Newsom of the City of San Francisco invited fifty people from both urban and rural communities to participate in three “Roundtable” meetings over a five month period; of the fifty individuals invited forty eight accepted, including California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura. The purpose of the Roundtable was to provide recommendations to establish a foodshed for the City of San Francisco.
The San Mateo Deliberative Poll was a countrywide deliberative event held in San Mateo, California, March 2008. The event was sponsored by Threshold 2008, a coalition of civic groups dedicated to housing problem in the country, and funded by a number of philanthropy foundations such as Open Square Foundation with additional support from the country and local partners. The event adopted Deliberative Polling in which scientific sample of randomly selected people participated two days of deliberative meetings.