In democracies around the world, attitudes to giving feedback and the way people have their say constantly change and evolve. Councils, government organisations and agencies all face a similar ongoing challenge – to make sure that the voice of local communities is heard and – more than that – reflected back in the assets, services and activities that are delivered.
Trust and confidence in democracy is so critical for communities to grow and function well.
But is it time for democracy to evolve again?
Deliberative democracy is not a new concept. The roots of this approach go back to Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher considered to be the father of politics.
Deliberative democracy approaches are gaining momentum, with emphasis on inclusive, informed discussions, and citizens actively contributing to the decisions being made. So why is this ‘new deliberative wave’ sweeping the world and where does it fit alongside other decision-making processes?
How can both Auckland, and Aotearoa New Zealand, learn from the experiences of others and implement these processes to foster stronger community connections? Surely the ‘sweet spot’ for councils is decision-making empowered by citizen engagement and public participation?
This Auckland Conversations looks into the significance of informed, collective decision-making. Our speakers will explore democratic processes both past and present, and together we’ll discuss some of the barriers, challenges, and opportunities that come with this driving force for change.
Tuesday 26 March 2024
5.30pm - 7.30pm
(Doors open at 5pm for networking)
Waitākere Room, Aotea Centre, Auckland City Centre