Author: Marianella Sclavi, Lawrence E. Susskind, Lawrence Susskind, Swa
Che la democrazia classica, ottocentesca, abbia urgente bisogno di un upgrading E sotto gli occhi di tutti. Confronto Creativo E frutto della collaborazione fra Lawrence Susskind, professore al MIT e fondatore storico del Program on Negotiation (Pon) della Harvard Law School, nonchE del Consensus Building Institute di Boston, e Marianella Sclavi, una scienziata sociale innovativa e non convenzionale, esperta di gestione creativa dei conflitti e di arte di ascoltare. Quello che li ha fatti incontrare E la comune convinzione che gli esseri umani danno il meglio di sE quando sono messi in grado di affrontare collettivamente, in contesti di mutuo apprendimento, problemi complessi ("impossibili") che vivono sulla loro pelle e che li appassionano. Entrambi, anche se a livelli diversi e con approcci diversi (il consensus building di Susskind, la metodologia umoristica di Sclavi) sono dei promotori e raccoglitori di esperienze di confronto creativo che qui vengono descritte con l'intento di far capire anche ai sassi cosa si deve cambiare perchE la democrazia funzioni nella nostra societA complessa. Questo non E - se non per il minimo indispensabile e con estrema chiarezza - un saggio teorico ma un libro pieno di casi, di esempi e soluzioni che sorprendono e fanno pensare. E per esagerare nel desiderio di essere esplicativi e chiari, viene assegnato uno spazio spropositato a un caso singolo, ambientato nella fittizia cittadina italiana di Dolceriviera, dove un variegato gruppo di under40 si trova impegnato in una formidabile esperienza di democrazia deliberativa. Una simulazione in cui si puO seguire passo dopo passo l'affacciarsi dei soliti blocchi comunicativi che impediscono lo sviluppo della intelligenza collettiva e l'affermarsi di soluzioni creative, partecipate, condivise. Care lettrici e lettori: se dopo tutto questo sarete rassegnati a continuare come prima... che dire? Forse ve lo meritate!
Breaking the impasse
Author: Lawrence Susskind, Jeffrey L. Cruikshank
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Recommends methods for settling public disputes by building a consensus rather than by disruptive negotiations
Breaking Robert's rules
Author: Lawrence Susskind, Jeffrey L. Cruikshank
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Breaking Robert's Rules is the long awaited guide to effective, efficient, and-perhaps most important-non-acrimonious group decision making. Features: Explains the specific problems that prevent a group's progress, Gives solid advice on how groups can move forward without resorting to "majority rules", Outlines the five key steps toward consensus building, Includes a one-page "Handy Guide" and a case study demonstrating how ideas can also be applied in a corporate context, Perfect for formal groups such as committees and boards, as well as informal groups such as church groups, social clubs, neighborhood associations, and ad hoc committees. Book jacket.
Author: Beth Simone Noveck
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Collaborative democracy—government with the people—is a new vision of governance in the digital age. Wiki Government explains how to translate the vision into reality. Beth Simone Noveck draws on her experience in creating Peer-to-Patent, the federal government's first social networking initiative, to show how technology can connect the expertise of the many to the power of the few. In the process, she reveals what it takes to innovate in government. Launched in 2007, Peer-to-Patent connects patent examiners to volunteer scientists and technologists via the web. These dedicated but overtaxed officials decide which of the million-plus patent applications currently in the pipeline to approve. Their decisions help determine which start-up pioneers a new industry and which disappears without a trace. Patent examiners have traditionally worked in secret, cut off from essential information and racing against the clock to rule on lengthy, technical claims. Peer-to-Patent broke this mold by creating online networks of self-selecting citizen experts and channeling their knowledge and enthusiasm into forms that patent examiners can easily use. Peer-to-Patent shows how policymakers can improve decisionmaking by harnessing networks to public institutions. By encouraging, coordinating, and structuring citizen participation, technology can make government both more open and more effective at solving today's complex social and economic problems. Wiki Government describes how this model can be applied in a wide variety of settings and offers a fundamental rethinking of effective governance and democratic legitimacy for the twenty-first century.
Beyond Adversary Democracy
Author: Jane J. Mansbridge
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
"Beyond Adversary Democracy should be read by everyone concerned with democratic theory and practice."—Carol Pateman, Politics "Sociologists recurrently complain about how seldom it is that we produce books that combine serious theorizing about important issues of public policy with original and sensitive field research. Several rounds of enthusiastic applause, then, are due Jane Mansbridge . . . for having produced a dense and well written book whose subject is nothing less ambitious than the theory of democracy and its problems of equality, solidarity, and consensus. Beyond Adversary Democracy, however, is not simply a work of political theory; Mansbridge explores her abstract subject matter by close studies (using ethnographic, documentary, and questionnaire methods) of two small actual democracies operating at their most elemental American levels (1) a New England town meeting ("Selby," Vermont) and (2) an urban crisis center ("Helpline"), whose 41 employees shared a New Left-Counterculture belief in participatory democracy and consensual decision-making. [Mansbridge] is a force to contend with. It is in our common interest that she be widely read."—Bennett M. Berger, Contemporary Sociology
Author: Dimitrios I. Roussopoulos, C. George Benello
Publisher: Black Rose Books Ltd
A way of looking at politics from which a stronger democratic practice might emerge.
Author: Saulo Cwerner, Sven Kesselring, John Urry
Aeromobilities is a collection of essays that tackle in many different ways the growing importance of aviation and air travel in our hypermobile, globalized world. Providing a multidisciplinary focus on issues ranging from global airports to the production of airspace, from airline work to helicopters, and from movement in airports to software systems, Aeromobilities seeks to enhance our understanding of space, time and mobility in the age of mass air travel. From Sao Paulo to Sydney, Aeromobilities draws on local experiences of airspaces to generate theory and research that are global in scope. It is the first book of its kind, bringing together a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to aviation and air travel in the social sciences and humanities, while emphasizing the central role of aeromobilities in contemporary social relations. In a world where virtually every aspect of social life is touched upon, in one way or another, by the complex global network of airline flows, with its large passenger aircraft and iconic international airports, Aeromobilities provides innovative analyses of some of the most fundamental and influential mobility networks of our time.
Augmented Urban Spaces
Author: Dr Alessandro Aurigi, Dr Fiorella De Cindio
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
There have been numerous possible scenarios depicted on the impact of the internet on urban spaces. Considering ubiquitous/pervasive computing, mobile, wireless connectivity and the acceptance of the Internet as a non-extraordinary part of our everyday lives mean that physical urban space is augmented, and digital in itself. This poses new problems as well as opportunities to those who have to deal with it. This book explores the intersection and articulation of physical and digital environments and the ways they can extend and reshape a spirit of place. It considers this from three main perspectives: the implications for the public sphere and urban public or semi-public spaces; the implications for community regeneration and empowerment; and the dilemmas and challenges which the augmentation of space implies for urbanists. Grounded with international real -life case studies, this is an up-to-date, interdisciplinary and holistic overview of the relationships between cities, communities and high technologies.
Author: Dorothee Brantz, Sasha Disko, Georg Wagner-Kyora
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Could the concepts of »metropolitanism« and »thick space« aid our understanding of historical and contemporary urban change? Essays by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic provide interdisciplinary approaches to the complex dynamics of large-scale urbanization. The book opens with conceptual questions regarding the development of metropoles and metropolitan studies. The following sections provide analyses of the social, environmental, and cultural dimensions of metropolitan spaces from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective, such as the role of planning and urban parks, the impact of ethnic diversity and segregation, the place of cinematic visions or the centrality of infrastructures and architecture.
Democracy in Europe
Author: Luciano Canfora
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This history traces the development of democracy in Europe from its origins in ancient Greece up to the present day. Considers all the major watersheds in the development of democracy in modern Europe. Describes the rediscovery of Ancient Greek political ideals by intellectuals at the end of the eighteenth century. Examines the twenty-year crisis from 1789 to 1815, when the repercussions of revolution in France were felt across the European continent. Explains how events in France led to the explosion of democratic movements between 1830 and 1848. Compares the different manifestations of democracy within Eastern and Western Europe during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Considers fascism and its consequences for democracy in Europe during the twentieth century. Demonstrates how in the recent past democracy itself has become the object of ideological battles.
The Poll With A Human Face
Author: Maxwell Mccombs, Amy Reynolds
In 1996, the National Issues Convention (NIC) assembled a national sample of 459 Americans on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. This diverse group of Americans was seen and heard nationally. They spent three days in small group discussions of major public issues and participated in two live PBS telecasts moderated by Jim Lehrer where they questioned Vice President Al Gore and four contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. This experiment in democracy was an innovative step that engaged the ongoing debate about mass communication and democracy. The Poll With a Human Face details this innovative event, the arguments and logic behind it, the experiences of the delegates and journalists involved in the NIC, and social science research analyzing the news coverage and its effects. This book is both a specific case study of the NIC and a broad scale contribution to the discipline of political communication.
When Talk Works
Author: Deborah M. Kolb
An intimate look at how twelve mediators achieve extraordinary results. At last, Deborah Kolb's collection of interview-based profiles of mediators at work is available in paperback. Written in the style of the New Yorker, the book consists of twelve personal and compelling stories of successful mediators for all areas of our society. Kolb reveals who they are and what techniques they use to achieve results. "The best examination of what mediators actually do. Anyone who wants to settle a dispute will learn from these profiles." —Roger Fisher, coauthor, Getting to Yes
Nature for Sale
Author: Giovanna Ricoveri
Publisher: Pluto Press
Nature for Sale uncovers the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist property relations. Giovanna Ricoveri argues that the subsistence commons of the past can be reinvented today to provide an alternative to the current destructive economic order. Ricoveri outlines the distinct features of common ownership as it has existed in history: cooperation, sustainable use of natural resources and decision-making through direct democracy. In doing so, she shows how it is possible to provide goods and services which are not commodities exchanged on the capitalistic market, something still demonstrated today in village communities across the global South. Tracing the erosion of the commons from the European enclosures at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to the new enclosures of modern capitalism, the book concludes by arguing that a new commons is needed today. It will be essential reading for activists as well as students and academics in history, politics, economics and development studies.