Turn It Up: Deliberative Engagement

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Deliberative Engagement refers to a process where a diverse group of people is selected to meet regularly over a specified period to deliberate on a particular topic before coming to a group decision at the program’s conclusion.  It’s a long and careful discussion of a problem or an opportunity, with an equal share of voices. Deliberative Engagement for local government is now a requirement in Victoria under changes to The Local Government Act Victoria (2020).

Capire Associates Denise Francisco and Eleanor Howe discuss the requirements of the act and reflect on what it means for councils. They also provide examples of Deliberative Engagement projects Capire has worked on, the secrets to their success, and why good food goes a long way.