Deliberative Democracy in Portland

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Meyer Board Room

Portland State University

506 SW Mill St

Portland, OR 97201

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Deliberative Democracy in Portland

This event is invitation-only, to leaders committed to social change throughout Portland to better understand the core components of deliberative democracy, a process by which many people from vastly different perspectives convene to tackle complex issues.

During this event, we will be learning about the core components of deliberative democracy, hear from Portland-based organizations about what this democratic process looks like in practice, and will be practicing it ourselves throughout the evening. It will be a chance to get familiar with the skills required for functional deliberation to take place, and attendees will leave with a heightened capacity to increase deliberation in their own spheres of influence.

Participants will be engaging with individuals from very different sectors, fields, communities, and perspectives across the city -- this will be a chance to workshop in real-time the listening skills required to drive change across difference. At the end, we will co-create a map of what deliberative democracy could look like in Portland.


Thanks to the collaboration team for co-designing this event:

  • Maggie DePree, League of Intrapreneurs
  • Chris Forman, Deliberation Gateway
  • Claire Lematta, At Large
  • Wendy Willis, Deliberative Democracy Consortium
  • Robin Teater, Healthy Democracy


ABOUT DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY

Deliberative democracy is a framework for addressing complex issues that are not well-served by the strategy of representative democracy. It is based on the idea that authentic discussion can enable consensual decision-making which has legitimacy and is much less vulnerable to the distortions that come with party politics. It requires many and diverse stakeholders coming together and sharing a range of perspectives on an issue, and has a necessary focus on deep listening. Out of deliberation, complex and adaptive solutions can emerge that are informed by numerous different stakeholders effected by an issue. The RSA has launched a campaign on deliberative democracy, and feels that this is an important equity strategy in the United States, across innumerable sectors and issues.


For an overview of deliberative democracy, please read:
Our Call For Action On Deliberative Democracy by Ed Cox at the RSA




About the RSA

RSA US is the US branch of the RSA, a hybrid think tank and Fellowship network. The RSA was founded in 1754 with the aim of sparking collaboration between people who are committed to driving social change in their area. Today, it produces research, publications, and digital content; designs experiments in partnership with government, academia, and civic society; and supports a network of almost 30,000 Fellows globally. Our Fellowship is made up of grassroots community organizers, “big idea” thinkers and academics, problem-solvers, tinkerers and inventors, expert facilitators, designers, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, network builders, impact investors and philanthropists, amongst others.


Through our ideas, research and Fellowship, we seek to realize a society where creative power is distributed, where concentrations of power are confronted and where creative values are nurtured. Our purpose is to enable the public, practitioners and policy-makers to realize change.


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Portland State University

506 SW Mill St

Portland, OR 97201

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