deliberation

UNDEF & NDF SET SIGHTS ON DEMOCRACY BEYOND ELECTIONS

UNDEF & NDF SET SIGHTS ON DEMOCRACY BEYOND ELECTIONS

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has appointed the newDemocracy Foundation to undertake a pioneer project centred around doing democracy differently.  It’s an announcement that has us excited.  Today we’re shining a spotlight on this project, which has potential to inspire democratic change and the adaption of deliberative engagement principles across the globe.

newDemocracy’s Executive Director Iain Walker provided us with some insights into what we can expect from what is shaping up to be an innovative and impactful project.

CASE STUDY: BALANCING PRICING AND FAIRNESS FOR ALL

CASE STUDY: BALANCING PRICING AND FAIRNESS FOR ALL

From April-July 2017, 35 randomly selected, everyday citizens came together to help Yarra Valley Water shape future services and prices.

The jury deliberated for more than 40 hours over five days across three months to address the remit, working together together to consider complex options and trade-offs, and challenge both their own assumptions and those of Yarra Valley Water.   

In this case study we explore challenges, learnings, insights and more that can be considered when planning for future deliberative engagement processes.

CRITICAL THINKING: IAP2A RESEARCH AWARD (+ FREE RESOURCES)

CRITICAL THINKING: IAP2A RESEARCH AWARD (+ FREE RESOURCES)

We’re very pleased to announce that, together with partner Dr. Lyn Carson of Deliberative Designs, we have won the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Core Values Award for Research. We feel very honoured to have had this exciting work recognised in this way.

To celebrate, we’re providing everyone with all the digital resources and materials that have been produced to date as a result of this work. Providing these resources to others is in line with our commitment to enhancing the quality of deliberative processes, and our aim to encourage quality engagement practice everywhere.

(continue to the bottom of this post to access all the resources).

VIDEO: DELIBERATION JOURNEY - PARTICIPANTS' PERSPECTIVES

VIDEO: DELIBERATION JOURNEY - PARTICIPANTS' PERSPECTIVES

This one has been a long time in the making.  Finally, we can announce that our latest 'Deliberation Ready' video is here.  This edition is particularly exciting because, for the first time, we've interviewed participants from across multiple deliberative processes

Together, these 10 citizens share their unique perspectives and provide candid, first hand reflections on their journey - the challenges, the surprises, the highlights and more. 

A YEAR IN REVIEW: MOSAICLAB PROJECTS

A YEAR IN REVIEW: MOSAICLAB PROJECTS

Where did the last financial year go?  Time flies by when you're busy, and it seems there's never a dull moment for the MosaicLab team.   

When we looked across a year of MosaicLab projects and collated the numbers, it was surprising to see just how many hours we had facilitated, people we had worked with and projects we had undertaken. 

VIDEO: DELIBERATIVE ENGAGEMENT PART 1

VIDEO: DELIBERATIVE ENGAGEMENT PART 1

We're very excited to announce that Part 1 of our three part, animated video series on deliberative engagement is now here!

Part 1 in a three part series on deliberative engagement.  In this short animation, we overview what deliberative engagement (or deliberative democracy) is, the six principles of this engagement approach and how it tends to be differ from many other engagement approaches.

Deliberative engagement is a form of meaningful engagement, and each principle covered in this video could be integrated into any engagement process.   In Part 2, we'll explore when to do deliberative engagement, and when to consider other types of engagement approaches. So stay tuned! 

CASE STUDY: INFLUENCING PRICES & PRIORITIES

CASE STUDY: INFLUENCING PRICES & PRIORITIES

In 2017, 27 everyday Barwon Water customers came together to deliberate over what they expect and value most when it comes to water and sewerage services.  The group grappled with technical inputs, weighed up complex options, and considered diverse customer needs to determine how to balance prices and services.

The process was underpinned by Barwon Water’s commitment to listen to, respond to and collaborate with its customers.  The project had a wide range of positive impacts, and, ultimately, a transformative effect on the organisation and its relationships.

LGA REVIEW: IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL ENGAGEMENT

LGA REVIEW: IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL ENGAGEMENT

A new Local Government Act is on the way in Victoria, with submissions on the the Exposure Draft of the Local Government Bill to close this Friday.    The draft signals some changes to expectations around community engagement - a shift that is set to impact how councils engage in a number of ways.

In this post, we're summarising the key changes proposed in relation to engagement and highlighting what this might mean for councils and how they engage in the future.

2018 LEARNING GOALS

2018 LEARNING GOALS

A brand new year brings a brand new opportunity to think about what we want to achieve over the 12 months ahead.  We've been discussing our goals for 2018, and have decided that, this year, our resolutions are all about learning.

Here's five of our knowledge goals for 2018... what are yours?  Share at least one thing you want to learn this year in the comments section below.