I’ve asked Virginia York to take notes here of the debrief of the Everyday Deliberation exercise we are doing at UHD where people tell stories of a time when they had to make a difficult decision and deliberated personally. The participants work in triads. One person tells their story, another person is the questioner who listens carefully and asks questions to help the storyteller reveal the reason why the decision was difficult and the third person serves as the observer.
Here’s Virginia’s notes of the debrief of this exercise…
Stories of every day deliberation dealt with divorce, real estate purchases, elderly parents, illness, etc.
What made this decision difficult:
- there were bad things on both sides
- values were in tension
- I had to consider other people
- goals can be uncertain
What values were in conflict:
- reason vs emotion was an example of tension
- other examples were to lay out potential outcomes
- more reasoned risks
- values can be in conflict,
- long range goals and short term needs,
- my values may not be the same as others,
- what I want to do vs what I should do,
- duty vs pleasure,
- are all of the options being explored?
- are there too many options,
What images of deliberation come to mind?
- Controlled passion
- Never actually seen deliberation happen because there is always an element of persuasion. Perhaps I’ve spent too much time at the capitol.
- Deliberation always brings up the term “calm”.
- Recently was part of a jury where we deliberated very well. We listened to the three dissenters and came to a common ground and both parties were happy with our final decision.
- Togas! The Greek Columns. The Socratic approach of knowledge for its own sake where the answer emerges.
- Barbara Jordan was the most deliberate person – slow, calm, thoughtful
- Trying to reach a destination – there is a commitment to reach that destination through the dialogue process where everyone is engaged
Now on to a forum on Too Many Children Left Behind: How Can We Close the Achievement Gap?