The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “citizen dialogue

“New Cards” – Community Engagement Podcast (36)

Posted on August 23, 2013

It is highly possible for citizens to discuss their way into solutions.  But that’s not how the political process works.  There you have an agenda and people must dialogue along those lines or they are excluded.  But what would happen if an agenda was worked out later in our discussions.  This is what happens in real life.  Sometimes the answers to our struggles are to be found in third or fourth options, not merely what we are presented by the political class.  Community is about conversation; the agenda comes later. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

Expressions of Interest – Citizen Engagement Podcast (34)

Posted on August 21, 2013

True dialogue can begin with positions, but it should end in understanding.  “Before the tongue can speak, it must lose the power to wound,” said an old philosopher, and we need that insight now more than ever.  Free riders come to community engagement exercises with only one purpose: to impose their views on others.  They can’t compromise, no matter how well versed they are on the issues – and so the community suffers for their lack of belief in that community.  Starting with two monologues is okay, but they must end in dialogue if progress is to be made. Just click on the audio button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

  

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