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How Voluntary is Public Policy Consensus Building?

How Voluntary is Public Policy Consensus Building?

Image Credit: Ewe Degiampietro – Fotolia.com Voluntary participation is an essential dimension of mediation, consensus-building and the many other forms of collaborative public policy – at least in theory. But even with so basic a part of the concept of collaboration as its voluntary nature, the realities of practice can depart sharply from the ideal. […]

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John Forester: <em>Dealing with Differences</em>

John Forester: Dealing with Differences

Many who spend their time trying to find agreement among adversaries have long been familiar with the work of John Forester. A professor of planning at Cornell, he’s always followed his own path directly into the realities of facilitative practice rather than the intricacies of theory. Dealing with Differences: Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes is […]

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Charles Leadbeater on Collaboration & Organizations

Video made available online by UsNowFilm This is the second in a series of videos presenting ideas by innovative thinkers about collaboration, governance and the internet. In the first, Clay Shirky described the impact of online collaboration in almost visionary terms as changing the nature of organization and the control of information. Charles Leadbeater has […]

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Who's the Public? Two Views

Who’s the Public? Two Views

In the last post I outlined a method of public involvement based on a model of interest group competition. The main players in that approach are the sponsoring agencies and the organized advocacy groups. The public at large is consulted but plays a very limited role. I’d like to add a few more thoughts about […]

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