Champions: Karen Cronin, with input from John Dryzek, Kennie Carbon, John Gastil, Michael Cuthill, Mark Warren
Partners confirmed: Dr Jessica Hutchins (indigenous researcher), Dennie Carbon (local gov't)
This research would require an international team to develop an appreciation of best practices in deliberation--drawing out the norms, experiences, forms and practices found in a range of cultures in different parts of the world. The focus would be on deliberation i.e. forms of engagement that allow for effective exploration of the dimensions of an issue or proposal, draw on best available knowledge, assess and weigh options, come to a robust conclusion, etc. Requires an 'a priori' view of 'best practice' deliberation -- which could be drawn from practices in a range of cultures/research team participants. It would then identify practices, models, innovations in different cultural settings that have the potential to inform D&D practice and theory internationally.
Notes: Builds on existin...