Noel Alexander McLellan 
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Re: “And round and roundabout we go....

"Cynical" isn't really the word. Cynical implies a measure of clarity and intelligence. "Silly" is more like it...Mr. Bousquet's rant here is so full of contradictions I don't know where to start. You don't like the old fashioned "complain into the mic" approach...but we should go back to it? You found the process unpalatable... but it was fully effective and convinced most everyone, even you, that the course of action being taken is sane and sensible? Public officials should go back to "ignoring the public"? Really? That's pretty dark. We live in a time of democratic crisis where the public feels utterly disengaged by civic process and smothered by so called professionals doing their jobs from on high. Tim Merry and his crew are revolutionizing, or more like restoring, democracy. A process like the roundabout one was immensely effective in delivering public education on the facts and realities of the issue without just info-dumping. The convention centre consultations made a significant impact on the final designs of the centre. Would you feel better if the crew wore suits and ties and played musak during the breaks rather than hiring local talent?
World Cafe and its cadre of methods represent a profound shift in the way we interact as a society. They emphasize process at least as much as result, listening as much as speaking. When it comes to society, if we're going to take steps toward an interested public, we need to examine the actual experience and process of being a society, not just stand on the sidelines and bitch.

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Posted by Noel Alexander McLellan on 03/03/2013 at 4:45 PM

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