Deliberative Democracy in Canada

Deliberative democracy or discursive democracy is a form of democracy in which deliberation is central to decision-making. It adopts elements of both consensus decision-making and majority rule. Deliberative democracy differs from traditional democratic theory in that authentic deliberation, not mere voting, is the primary source of legitimacy for the law.

Deliberative democracy is compatible with both representative democracy and direct democracy. Some practitioners and theorists use the term to encompass representative bodies whose members authentically deliberate on legislation without unequal distributions of power, while others use the term exclusively to refer to decision-making directly by lay citizens, as in direct democracy.

from Wikipedia

Deliberative democracy is a rich ideal. It invokes a democratic system of governance in which citizens actively exchange ideas, engage in debate, and create laws responsive to their interests and aspirations. Canada appears to have good prospects for realizing interconnected sites, forums, and procedures informed by its central principles of citizen participation, inclusion, equality, reasoning, agreement, and empowerment.

Opening paragraph from
Democratic Illusion

Do we want to be more fully engaged as human beings, community members, and citizens? Do we want to have an active, direct, and meaningful voice in our governance? Do we want to be responsible, dialogical knowledge seekers who aim to govern ourselves on the basis of publicly discussed and debated reasons and mutually acceptable resolutions? Or are we content as passive recipients of policies imposed on us by those with political and corporate power? Are we content with mere illusions of democracy?

Closing paragraph from
Democratic Illusion

Democratic Illusion: Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Public Policy
Genevieve Fuji Johnson

If we are not content with the illusion of democracy, what can we do and how can we do things to move from the illusion to reality?

What we can do

Create a system, a process, a structure, and a way of doing things to connect our creative community, to create connections for our creative community, and to excite creative community enterprise around ideas and opportunities that contribute to our creative interests.

Who we are

Our creative community are the people and enterprises contributing to creating our communities and our community, contributing to our creative and cultural evolution, and contributing to creating a better future for our community and our world.

Why creative community enterprise

  • To improve our ability to explore what we know, where we are, what we are doing, and what we can do.

  • To excite creative leadership and creative entrepreneurship around ideas and opportunities which contribute to our common human interests.

  • To improve our ability to protect, preserve, and create a future for our natural resources, our created resources, and our creative resources.

  • To improve our ability to increase our contribution to creating a future for our communities, our community, and our world, – and to accelerate our creative and cultural evolution.

Creative community enterprise is deliberative democracy. Governments can not create deliberative democracy. Governments can evolve from deliberative democracy.

Roger Chilton
from My Point of View

Creative connections

Creative Community Enterprise
Centre for Democracy
Democracy in Canada
Creative Community Centre