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Deliberative democracy has a key role to play in the future social and political cohesion of Australian and global societies. If you’re keen to learn best practice methods of designing and delivering these processes, join us in this dynamic, interactive online course.
The information, activities, group work and live webinars in this course will guide you through in-depth learning about key elements to consider when designing a deliberative process. These elements include the role of the facilitator, the phases of a deliberative process, including navigating the process of consensus building and consideration of the various tools and techniques that support deliberation. Together with a cohort of your peers and guided by experts, learn to design and deliver deliberative processes such as mini-publics and citizen assemblies.
You will get to design a deliberative process from start to finish and experience the process of deliberation and consensus building in action. You will also get to know the essential underpinnings and explore new challenges such as online deliberative processes. The course has been developed in conjunction with the newDemocracy Foundation, enabling us to draw on the organisation’s extensive project experience in Australia and internationally.
This short course will run over six weeks, taking about 25 hours of your time if you complete all of the activities, including engaging in the small group work.
We’ll take you on an in-depth exploration of deliberative democracy processes, such as a mini-public, and equip you with everything you need to know to facilitate the best possible deliberative process, when addressing the most complex challenges.
1. What, when and why of deliberative processes
2. What to do before your deliberative process
3. Designing and delivering your deliberative process
4. Closing the loop after your deliberative process is complete
This short course comprises online content you can access anytime to learn at your own pace, as well as interactive activities and live sessions with experts and course leaders. You will also be able to enrich your course experience by engaging in online small-group work with other course participants.
Full price: $1,650.00 (GST free)*
*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.
A discounted course price of $1,250 is available for anyone who has completed our Leading Deliberative Democracy short course. Please contact the team at email@example.com for further information.
This short course is suitable for, but not limited to:
Chris Riedy is a transdisciplinary academic with a research interest in governance, communication and social change for sustainable futures. He draws on sociological and political theory, narrative theory and futures thinking to design, facilitate and evaluate practical experiments in transformative change towards sustainable futures and coordinates the institute’s work on sustainability transformations.
Chris has designed, facilitated and evaluated deliberative minipublics since advocating for deliberative democracy in his doctoral research. He led the Capital Region Climate Change Forum in 2006, contributed to and evaluated World Wide Views on Global Warming in 2009 and evaluated three deliberative minipublics for newDemocracy Foundation in 2017. He is also an experienced learning designer and facilitator, having led ISF’s Graduate Research Program since 2014 and has delivered numerous workshops and courses on topics including futures thinking, monitoring and evaluation, climate change leadership and critical thinking.
Nivek Thompson is the founder and director of Deliberatively Engaging, where she recruits mini publics for deliberative processes and supports online engagement through the European crowdsourcing platform Synthetron. Nivek has worked for the newDemocracy Foundation designing and managing citizens’ juries. She also has a long history of working in state government and the non-government sector, undertaking community and stakeholder engagement to support change and the development of new policies in areas including quality childcare, children’s rights, competition policy, consumer protection, community development, workplace health & safety, road safety and regulatory reform.
Nivek is the host and producer of Real Democracy Now! - a podcast, where she talks to thought leaders from around the world about democracy and democratic reform. She is also producer of the Facilitating Public Deliberations podcast in partnership with nDF and Professor Carson. She has drawn on her expertise and vast network of experts in the field in creating the content for this course.
Lyn is a former Professor of Applied Politics at the University of Sydney Business School and a former local government councillor. She also currently serves as newDemocracy’s research director.
Lyn has written handbooks on community engagement and dozens of articles and book chapters on public participation, including Random Selection in Politics (1999) with Brian Martin and co-edited The Australian Citizens’ Parliament & The Future of Deliberative Democracy (2013). For many years, she taught dialogue, deliberation & public engagement for Fielding University in the US, the University of Western Sydney and the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture.
Enrolments for this session close at 11.59pm Sunday 15 August 2021. The live webinar will be recorded and available for registered participants.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Riedy at +61 402043386.
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