Can we follow the French out of gridlock on climate?


The Sydney Morning Herald ran this Oped by Luca Belgiorno-Nettis yesterday. Interesting reading on “the power of the possible using everyday people to find the common good”.

“At the end of the presentations, the President told the Assembly: "You have shown that it is possible – on even the most difficult and flammable subject – to create consensus." Everyday people, deliberating together - beyond the gridlock of everyday politics – can show the way for a sustainable future. Could we do it here, too?”

What do you think?

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Jeremy Wright @ 2020.07.22 10:51 AM

This is a model of how democracy should work. Applied to the issue of Climate Change, it has taken the politics out of the issue and made some apparently very useful recommendations. Let's hope the politicians see it that way.

How can we initiate this in Australia? I will start a discussion or two.

Lynn Wood @ 2020.07.23 10:51 AM
Thanks Jeremy- that would be very helpful. We'd love to start a discussion on this in Australia. 

Glenn Barnes @ 2020.07.23 10:51 AM

Hi Jeremy,

Good to receive your positive response and desire to progress the conversation. Given your interest in democracy, here are two sites that may interest you:

Please progress your discussions with great passion...our democracy needs a refreshment of citizen interest and participation.

percy @ 2020.08.05 10:51 AM
For a "wicked problem" (one that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize) a randomly selected citizen jury (asked to listen to all sides of the issue and take evidence from any experts it chooses) may help to obtain an evidence-based consensual outcome. Being randomly selected, a citizen jury's proposed solution may gain public attention and acceptance because its not seen as the work of bureaucratic or political insiders.  

Lynn Wood @ 2020.08.07 10:51 AM
Yes Percy and Glenn says the French Jury was very well organised. The proof of the concept will be what the French Government implements from the Jury recommendations.

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By Glenn Barnes

9 July 2020

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