CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Fostering Inclusion from the Outside In: Engaging Diverse Citizens in Dialogue and Decision Making

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Margaret Yao, and Theo Brown

Imagine a room overflowing with people representing the spectrum of diversity of the community—all ages, races, ethnic groups, income levels, and wide differences in political views. Now imagine these people sitting at round tables, spending all day on a sunny Saturday to talk sincerely about how to solve a tough issue, such as health care reform, reducing the budget deficit, or rebuilding their devastated city.

Do you see arguments? Frustration? Exasperation? Or can you imagine informed, thoughtful dialogue, with people expressing themselves passionately and feeling they have ...

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