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Dilemmas, disasters and deliberative democracy By Lyn CarsoN (Next presentation)

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Dear philosophers and thinkers,

Please read below the description about our next presentation:

Abstract submitted by Porfessor Lyn Carson: The January floods in Queensland and Victoria were a disaster but also a showcase for civic engagement. Thousands of volunteers – strangers to each other – spontaneously came together, made collective decisions about what to do, and then got on with doing it. The evidence on our TV screens was not just that nature is powerful and unpredictable but that action for the collective good comes naturally to most people. So why, when Julia Gillard announced a citizens’ assembly on climate change during the 2010 election campaign, were there howls of protest from the media, from opposition parties and from environmental groups? A small band of academics, activists and professionals were thrilled that, at last, a national government would let the people provide advice about how to resolve a wicked problem. They had faith in the process that was proposed. Others did not. Given these very different reactions, where does the truth lie? Could deliberative democracy help us address intractable problems?

PRESENTER: Lyn Carson is a professorial fellow with the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney. She is a former elected representative in local government and has taught, researched and advised on citizen participation for nearly twenty years. She has been involved in Australia’s first citizen juries, first youth jury, first consensus conference, first deliberative polls and first citizens’ parliament. She maintains a website<http://www.activedemo...­

This free presentation is open to the public, reflecting the policy of The Philosophers Corner to spread culture and knowledge. However we appreciate a ‘gold coin donation’ to help us cover the costs of delivering our presentations, and sharing of philosophical ideas. The presentation will be recorded and available for purchase by members.

Please arrive few minutes before 7:30, thought the speaker will start presenting at 7:30 we would like attendees to be by 7:15 if possible.


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