Welcome to our February #MonthlyMyth post! Today, we're exploring a commonly held belief that prevents many organisations from engaging in a meaningful way with citizens around complex, technical or information-rich issues.
This one misconception can reduce an engagement process to a surface exercise without any real outcomes, create unintended and less than desirable consequences down the track and even prevent a potentially valuable engagement process from happening altogether.
So let's get into it - what can everyday citizens REALLY handle and should we ask them to handle it?
If you happened to come across our previous post ‘A new venture into critical thinking’, you will know that MosaicLab is currently working on a fascinating research project with Lyn Carson of Active Democracy.
A final report is now in development, and, excitingly, early indications suggest that introducing critical thinking concepts to participants during deliberative processes can result in a number of benefits.
From increased trust (between both participants themselves and between participants and decision makers) to increased ability for participants to question and understand information (including complex or technical data), the work is highlighting how these skills can enhance and transform both processes and participants.
Welcome to MosaicLab's first ever #MonthlyMyth post. There are a number of myths and misconceptions that often surface in relation to facilitation, deliberative democracy, outrage management, conflict management and community engagement more broadly.
As part of our work to promote quality engagement practice and share information and learning we are addressing some of the most commonly expressed myths and misconceptions each month on our blog. We hope you find this series interesting, informative, and perhaps a little surprising!
One of our co-founders Keith Greaves was interviewed on a recent episode of Real Democracy Now! - a podcast that answers the question: can we do democracy differently?
The episode, which also features interviews with facilitators Lucy Cole-Edelstein, Director of Straight Talk and Max Hardy, Principal at Max Hardy Consulting, considers the concept of 'mini publics' (or deliberative processes) from the perspective of the facilitator.
The MosaicLab team is regularly involved in events that feature speakers and presentations. As we all know, regular old PowerPoint presentations can sometimes be a little lengthy, dull and un-engaging. So, to shake things up and ensure each presentation really connects with the audience, we often encourage the speakers we work with to adopt a very high-energy, fast-paced style of presenting known as Pecha Kucha ...
Yesterday we had the absolute pleasure of participating in a very creative end-of-year team planning session led by Kate Henderson - a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator. It was a fun, creative, engaging and very different way of discussing important and complex thoughts and ideas - an out of the box approach to drawing out interesting perspectives ...