2 - Not Very Polarized

Open Space Technology is a broad and deliberately vague method of collaborative discussion or problem solving. Organized around a specific problem or theme, OST events begin with no set agenda and instead unfold organically.
The Ben Franklin Circle is small group dialogue model built around casual conversation and discussion, and intended to initiate community and individual improvement.
A deliberative technique used to replicate the ‘natural’ thought process among participants when reflecting on and address an issue.
The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation is an adaptive planning framework utilized by local governments and NGOs around the world to collaboratively and systematically conserve flora and fauna.
SGI is a method used by the JDPC to connect and network with other aid organizations and government officials in order to secure the resources and support necessary for the implementation of its Good Governance Project.
The Enquiry-by-Design method is used in urban renewal projects and involves a consensus building approach among a diverse array of participants. Citizens are involved from the very beginning of the project till the final stages and are assisted by a technical team, stakeholders and government officials.
Community-based monitoring (hereafter referred to as CBM) allows civil society to gather and analyse information from government service users’ points of view. It recognises that citizens are active holders of fundamental rights and not merely passive users of public services. As a result, CBM provides strong evidence to take back...

Method: Machizukuri

Machizukuri is a method of inter-community dialogue and community-government engagement.
Definition Civic education refers to various processes of education in self-government. It rests on the assumption that qualities necessary for democratic discourses and common decision making do not emerge by themselves but need to be acquired through education. This does not necessarily refer to teaching and learning in the education...
Definition Neighbourhood councils have been a part of Québec city’s democratic life for 20 years. The first experiences were implemented by the Ville de Québec in 1993, in order to get the citizens more closely involved in municipal politics. The concept was extended to the whole city territory in 1997...
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