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The People's Verdict - Launch event
Tue 4 July 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Trust in government and politicians is in short supply. People claim to be tired of ‘experts’ and the divide between facts and opinion has been blurred.
The art of offering simple solutions to complex problems is tipping the scale away from nuanced, multifaceted answers founded on compromise.
Within this context, governments nonetheless need to make difficult decisions, whether it's developing budgets, aligning priorities, or designing long-term projects. It's often impossible to make everybody happy, and the messy business of weighing trade-offs takes place.
Claudia Chwalisz will present the key findings in The People's Verdict, a study of 50 long-form deliberative processes, where randomly selected citizens have played key roles in decisions such as Canada's national mental health action plan, Melbourne's 10-year $5 billion budget, Victoria's obesity strategy and Ontario's housing legislation, among others.
She makes the case that adding informed citizen voices to the heart of public decision-making leads to more effective policies.
Speakers: Claudia Chwalisz, Crook Public Service Fellow at the Crick Centre, University of Sheffield and Consultant at Populus
David Halpern, Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and former 'Leading Thinker' at VicHealth during the Victoria Citizens' Jury on Obesity
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, MP for Loughbourgh and Chair of the APPG on Democratic Participation
Chair: Tom Clark, Editor of Prospect
The event will be followed by a drinks reception.