Hearing the Voice of Participants: Canberra’s First Citizen’s Juries

Have you heard about the recent ‘citizens juries’ in Canberra (Canberra Times, ABC) ?

Do you wonder how they are run and what it’s like to be a juror in a participatory process like this?

Do you wonder whether juries have any power to impact directly upon the quality of your life and your community?

Here's what an ACT citizen's juror thought: “I‘ve been in Canberra for 40 years, and this is the first time I’ve been able to get my foot in the door of government — hooray! — this is government by the people for the people.”

Do you love food with others and a fun night out?

Do join us !

The use of participatory processes is a huge paradigm shift that empowers citizens to make the decisions about things that will affect our lives and our communities. For most of these processes local citizens are invited randomly to become involved. If you were to have that opportunity, what would it mean to you? Come along to this fun evening to find out how others have experienced the process.

Book today, numbers are limited.

Date: 24 May 2018

Time: 5:20pm for a 5:30pm start, to 8.30pm

Place: Foodish, Belconnen Markets

Cost: $11.39 ($10 + booking fee) — includes an antipasto platter (BYO wine)

Tickets: Humanitix

This is an evening for hearing the stories of participants of Canberra juries, how they felt about being in the process and about how these processes are working for us in Canberra, and for asking your own questions. (Another one is the Housing Choice Collaboration Hub that is just getting underway.)

Emily Jenke, the co-designer and facilitator of DemocracyCo, jurors and other participants will be presenting their stories. And we’ll hear their stories while sharing delicious food, meeting new people and generally having a good time.

The setup will be cafe style with a number of tables surrounded by chairs.

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Deliberate ACT

Deliberate ACT — Community of Interest Meet Up #4: Why do we need trust in engagement processes?

Thurs 28 June 2018, 5:30–7pm Members Dining Room, Old Parliament House.

This session builds on our previous meet ups where we established our ground rules, what we wanted to focus on and explore our experience of engagement as facilitators, practitioners, stakeholders, experts and the community.

Are you interested in how citizens and governments can better deliberate, decide and collaborate — together?

Come and join a new community of interest where we work together to share and learn what works (or doesn't).

Open to anyone - interested members of the public, academics, passionate democracy advocates, engagement practitioners and public servants.


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Passion Mashin’, 5 May 2018

CAPaD featured at the SEE-Change Passion Mashin’ event. Lots learnt!

SEE-Change and the ACT Government Landcare Facilitator hosted a Passion Mashin’ full day workshop, led by Les Robinson of Changeology.

Its aim was to reinvigorate volunteer groups.

As well as learning how to get busy people to give up their time to help out with our causes, it was a chance to meet volunteers and staff from the Zero Waste Revolution, ACT for Bees, Lyneham Commons, organisations like Conservation Volunteers Australia, and the ACT Government.

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