43 citizens help shape Melbourne City Council’s $5 billion, 10-year financial plan

Professor John Dryzek, from the University of Canberra, is   a world expert on deliberative democracy. He says there’s been an “explosion” of citizens’ forums in the past decade, and experience has proven lay people worthy of the task. “All you need to do is give people time,” Dryzek says. “Give them access to information, enable them to ask questions of the experts and people really can get their head around incredibly complex issues.” Via TheAge.com.au

http://www.theage.com.au/national/peoples-panel-pitches-in-to-advise-melbourne-city-council-where-it-should-spend-5-billion-20141202-11y9dn.html

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