Tag: Australia

Participatory budgeting

43 citizens help shape Melbourne City Council’s $5 billion, 10-year financial plan Professor John Dryzek, from the University of Canberra, is a world expert on deliberative democracy. He says there’s been an “explosion” of citizens’ forums in the past decade, and experience has proven lay people worthy of the task. “All you need to do is give people time,” Dryzek says. “Give them access to information, enable them to ask questions of the experts and people really […]

Voice for Indi

An alternative approach in the 2013 Australian Federal Election… Tired of being taken for granted by the local MP, locals in the traditionally safe conservative seat of Indi embarked on a structured process of community ‘kitchen table’ conversations to articulate an independent account of the region’s needs. The community group, Voice for Indi, later nominated its chair, Cath McGowan, as an independent candidate. It crowdfunded their campaign finances and built a formidable army of volunteers through a […]