Slow Democracy Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home

ISBN-10: 1603584137

ISBN-13: 9781603584135

Edition: 2012

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Description: Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us, and with the processes of democracy itself, is at the heart of 21st-century sustainable communities.Slow Democracychronicles the ways in which ordinary people have mobilized to find local solutions to local problems. It invites us to bring the advantages of "slow" to our community decision making. Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered.Susan Clark and Woden Teachout outline the qualities of real, local decision making and show us the range of ways that communities are breathing new life into participatory democracy around the country. We meet residents who seize back control of their municipal water systems from global corporations, parents who find unique solutions to seemingly divisive school-redistricting issues, and a host of other citizens across the nation who have designed local decision-making systems to solve the problems unique to their area in ways that work best for their communities.Though rooted in the direct participation that defined our nation's early days, slow democracy is not a romantic vision for reigniting the ways of old. Rather, the strategies outlined here are uniquely suited to 21st-century technologies and culture.If our future holds an increased focus on local food, local energy, and local economy, then surely we will need to improve our skills at local governance as well.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Susan Clark was voted Health Journalist of the Year 2000 and was headhunted by the Sunday Times and invited to be their first ever Health and Fitness editor. It was here that she launched their ground-breaking Lifestyle section and her hugely popular 'What's the Alternative?' column. She now also writes a monthly column for Harpers and is a regular guest on Henry Kelly's Drivetime show on LBC radio. Susan has broken all audience-response records with her guest appearances on national radio (after her last contribution to the Jimmy Young Show over 75,000 listeners called in to ask for her free information sheet) and is a popular speaker at conferences around the UK. She acts as a consultant to several herbal companies and The Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA). Her two previous books, The Vitality Cookbook and What Really Works - The Insider's Guide to Natural Health were published by HarperCollins. Susan lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, young daughter.

foreword
preface
introduction
Slow Democracy: Why Do We Need It?
"Town Halls" from Hell, and Other Stories
The Rise of Experts and the Decline of Local Decision Making
Communities Taking Action in a Big World
Slow Democracy: Why Now?
The Time Is Right
Cultural Cognition and Slow Democracy
A Recipe for Slow Democracy
The Promise of Local
Inclusion
Dialogue and Building Understanding
Deliberation
Power
Reflections on Slow Democracy
The Jury, Town Meeting, and Slow Democracy
When Advocacy Meets Slow Democracy
epilogue: Closing Thoughts: The Ecology of Slow Democracy
Slow Democracy Rules
Slow Democracy Resource List
acknowledgments
notes
index
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