Deliberation Organizer Achievement Quiz September 30, 2020 by Madeleine Page Leave a Comment Welcome to your Deliberation Organizer Achievement Quiz For you, what is the most important reason for proactively organizing deliberations? What are the two main types of outcomes, and which do you think is harder to achieve? Why? What does it mean for a topic to be "ripe" for deliberation? People are willing to "eat it up." The topic is engaging without being too polarizing for the audience. Potential participants have the skills and dispositions to engage the topic with sensitivity and resilience. The topic is timely--it is not out of date but also not so fresh that very few people know about it. All of these. How might you frame an event about one of the timely and ripe topics you identified previously? What information might you provide to participants to contextualize the topic? How might you make your deliberations on your topic more engaging? Which of the following is NOT a suggestion that Josh Lerner makes about how to make democratic discourse more engaging? Use music and bright colors to engage your participants' sense. Make sure participants understand, have access to, and have ownership of the rules of discourse. Use competition to catalyze collaboration and problem solving. Make jokes that trivialize the topics under discussion. What form of expertise are relevant to your identified topic? How can you both welcome them in and ensure they don't dominate the conversation? What is the most important rule of thumb about managing expertise in deliberative environments? Make sure that everyone has access to ALL the facts that have been established by relevant experts. Exclude experts on the issue from the discussion so that they don't use their power to shut down the discussion. Welcome and make accessible different forms of expertise without allowing any one of them to dominate the discussion. Encourage participants to read as widely as possible before the deliberation so they are fully educated on the topic. How might you orient your participants towards action on your topic? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of doing so? How might you get people to join a deliberation on your topic? Time is Up!