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Public Deliberation, simply defined, is the discussion and
choice-making that is necessary before we can solve problems that
affect our communities together. In other words, before we can choose
where we want to build the road, we need to consider the various values
and interests we have as people. We need to also consider the costs and
the trade-offs we are willing to accept for our values.
More broadly, public deliberation is the name we use to discuss the various models of communication which are designed to help citizens form their own political voice. In fact, many public deliberation "approaches" have been developed and researched. The model studied since 1981, is the National Issues Forum, but other approaches to deliberation include Everyday Democracy, AmericaSpeaks, Deliberative Polling, Citizen Juries, and many more. Regardless of the specific approach taken, public deliberation holds certain distinguishing characteristics.
What do community leaders, decision makers and government
gain from working with the reports generated from deliberative forums
as well as listening, participating, sponsoring and encouraging public
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