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This page is about Old and New Agoras, and other forms of conversations, dialogues, participation, co-creation, and empowerment, simply sharing and gifting http://weturn.org/Spoons-Beads-Birds-Phaenomenon.html , and negotiating towards common ends. See the history and focus of the Global Agoras group on this site, and maybe these interviews: http://benking.de/EUROPEsWORLD/
Work reported here started with a time-credit method called "Magic Roundtables" and evolved towards dialog and decision cultures with focus also on policy-making and an art of governance; multi-track diplomacy and peace-making.
Magic Roundtables: Just consider a moment to enlarge the number of participants beyond the normal Stammtisch of 6-8 people, beyond the talkers who dominate groups, and even to large virtual gatherings which vote and give voice, encourage, and deliberate - and so move from Stammtisch 2.0, we call Magic Roundtables, to Stammtisch 3.0 where you give voice and so move beyond the present attention economy to a more appreciative and qualitative attention ecology. to get started maybe got to this Background papers: http://benking.de/open-forum/OF_Backgroundpapers/
To make sure: My concern is not just dialog, deliberation, participation, and forms of democracy and government, but shared discernment, which for me is the ability to judge and have insight (Urteilskraft und Einsicht).
Judgement includes to be able to see proportions and consequences in context, Insight for includes for me to know the frames of references, the concepts and signs being used, to not only have overview and orientation, but to be able to bridge and combine scales, levels, sectors, issues, ...
THIS ABOUT can only invite you to check out the issues of order, multiple views and standpoints and shared inquiry. If this makes sense to you or makes you only a little curious, please go to the links below first to check out what I mean by Cognitive Panorama, Shared Grids and Scaffoldings, and how to overlap "meanings", before you return to the delicate issues of democracy, voting, and governance.
I recommend the following entries: Encyclopedia entry: Cognitive Panorama and these articles/presentations: New Renaissance 3, Compassion and Ignorance? http://benking.de/futures/ECOTHEE--ignorance-compassion.pdf, 9D, ... just go to www.benking.de and "google" your way along and across.......