Deliberation beyond citizens’ juries

Representative democracy is essentially about aggregating public opinion through voting in elections where there are set options in the form of the policies of a relatively small number of parties. Participatory democracy focuses on “quantity”, aiming to engage with as many people as possible. By contrast, deliberative democracy is about quality processes where people deeply consider issues from different perspectives through respectful reason-giving.

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Reflections on COVID-19 with IAP2A Director, Lance Brooks

What an incredible life changing six months we have all had. As community engagement practitioners, we deal with change all the time. It’s our business, our bread and butter. Every day we are paid to advise, help, design, facilitate and assist both our clients and communities to manage the complexities of change. Now on top of all that we have to deal with changes in our own lives, whether it be in the workplace, at home (which has now also become our workplace) or in our wider communities. As such, the IAP2 core values and principles for engagement have never been more relevant and needed in the world we find ourselves in today.

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Deliberation in Victoria – The new Victorian Local Government Act

A new Local Government Act (the Act) came into being on 24 March this year and with it provisions relating to community engagement. The even better news is that the Act is a principles based Act and contains some requirements for deliberation. This article provides information about the core elements of the Act and resources for Council who may be new to deliberation.

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When is a map more than a map?

Who doesn’t love a good map? In our opinion the pièce de résistance of a great infrastructure engagement session is the map!Traditionally at Inland Rail, we have used large, rolled-up plot maps. Some have been up to 2.5m long, showing a range of information including the location of project (Inland Rail corridor), water flow paths, changes to roads, structures and so on.

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From the CEO: Have you put on your oxygen mask?

While there has been much talk about masks, lately I have been thinking about another type of masks – oxygen masks.We all know the safety instruction given on airplanes that in case of an emergency you have to fit your own oxygen mask before helping others to fit theirs.

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2019 Core Values Awards Case Study | Koala Conservation

As part of the approved 2016-17 funding for the Vulnerable Species Management Plan budget, the Vulnerable Species Management Team sought to develop a city-wide Koala Conservation Plan to address the conservation issues affecting the koala populations across the city. The project adopted a community driven development framework where community engagement was central to koala conservation on the Gold Coast. Key strategies, including asset-based community development were used. The success of the engagement has contributed significantly to koala conservation throughout the city.

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