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At the start of the UHD Center for Public Deliberation Workshop today, we asked the participants to complete the following statement, “By tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. I hope I have learned…” Here are their responses from our Texas Forums – UHD Flickr page!

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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…

Hi—here goes:

Stories of every day deliberation dealt with divorce, real estate purchases, elderly parents, illness, etc.

What made this decision difficult:

  • Commitment
  • fear
  • responsibility
  • 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,
  • uncomfortable

What images of deliberation come to mind?

  • Disagreement
  • Compromise
  • 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?

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I am writing this from the University of Houston Downtown’s Center for Public Deliberation training for new moderators. For the past two months, I have been working with Windy Lawrence and Tom Workman, the co-directors of this new endeavor. We are finally doing our first training session for moderators in Houston. We have 25 participants with a significant representation from the Houston Public Library. We are also joined by a representative from the Clinton and Bush Presidential Libraries.

We just introduced the participants to the cast of characters involved in public deliberation and the work we will be doing with Texas Forums and UHD Center for Public Deliberation. We also introduced them to the key areas that the partners will work on independently and in collaboration.

Texas Forums and the University of Houston Downtown will collaborate and work on the following key areas:

  • Research and Development
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Support Local Initiatives by Building Capacity
  • Develop and Support Statewide Issues
  • Communication and Public Information

We invited the participants asked questions about the partners, but they immediately jumped into offering ideas about who else should be involved. Very exciting energy!!!!

Can’t wait to post more, but it’s time for me to lead my session on Everyday Deliberation.

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