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The Open Government Directive is an effort by the Obama Administration to create an unprecedented level of openness in government. The directive mandates a catalogue system of information to be released from each sector of the government and made accessible to the public.
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Definition The Socratic Café (also known as Socrates Café) is a democratic discussion forum based on the more commonly known Socratic Method, which focuses its intentions on being an open system that allows for philosophical questioning. An unofficial mantra describing both is that we (people) learn more when we question,...
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Note: the following entry is a stub. Please help us complete it. Definition The "liquid democracy" (LD) method of governance seeks to decentralize various rigid limits of democracy. Many use the term Liquid Democracy to describe internet-based Delegated Voting but online Liquid Democracy platforms such as LiquidFeedback and Adhocracy also...
A deliberative polling experiment used to explore the forms of democratic deficits that directly affect EU citizens, evidenced by the low turn-out in the 2009 European Parliament (EP) elections. Participants selected from more than 4,000 European citizens from 27 member states were polled for their views on immigration, climate change...
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This case study features a case organized by By the People in collaboration with the Center for Deliberative Democracy, allowing 317 Michigan citizens to participate in a deliberative poll in November 2009. The three day event eventually was turned into a NewsHour program broadcasted by PBS throughout Michigan in January 2010.
The Far North Queensland’s Citizen Jury provided an opportunity for Australian citizens to deliberate on environmental issues connected with the Bloomfield Track in the Daintree region. The purpose of the FNQCJ was to understand how citizens' preferences change after deliberation.
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To ensure that the California public had a real voice in the reform process, six local health care foundations invited the national nonprofit organization AmericaSpeaks to facilitate a statewide town meeting to weigh in on the reforms being considered by state leaders.
The Citizens’ Initiative Review is a proven way of publicly evaluating ballot measures so that voters have clear, useful, and trustworthy information at election time. During the Citizens’ Initiative Review, a panel of randomly-selected and demographically-balanced voters is brought together from across the state to fairly evaluate a ballot measure...
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A large-scale three-day deliberation that asked citizens to address the question of how the Australian government could be strengthened to better serve the people. 13 proposals were developed and presented to the Australian Parliament. This event also provides an important vault of resources for future research.
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The Countywide Community Forums was formed September 9, 2007 as a result of Initiative 24 and of the unanimous adoption of an ordinance promoting civic engagement. The initiative allows effective feedback from citizens to county council members which will further encourage the citizen’s “right to be heard, a right retained...
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