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E-volving Democracy Dialogue: Engaging Citizens
Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM (PDT)
Are citizens apathetic about politics, or simply excluded? What could draw them in?
Fair Voting BC and Party X are pleased to announce the second event in our E-volving Democracy Dialogue series. Following our successful meeting on Online Voting last May, our second Dialogue explores questions related to Engaging Citizens in the political process - do citizens have a real opportunity to influence policy, do politicians listen, and how might we do things better?
Panelists: To help answer these questions, we have a great panel of experts lined up to share their experiences with a variety of different ways to bring citizens into political discussions:
- Prof. Max Cameron, Director of the UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, speaking on "A Framework for Engaging Citizens"
- Geoff Campbell, Citizens' Assembly Foundation, seeking to make a new kind of Citizens' Assembly a permanent part of government
- Tyrone Reitman, Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review, where citizen panels are now routinely convened to explore upcoming referendum questions in detail and provide unbiased evaluations to their fellow citizens
- Mark Milke, Fraser Institute, speaking on Switzerland's Referendum and Initiative Processes, where voters can more easily make government backtrack if it goes too far
- Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor, speaking on the Mayor's Advisory Committee (pdf) and other engagement processes being used or planned in Vancouver
Come join us for a stimulating set of presentations and a lively discussion about how we can adapt these ideas for use here in BC.
Online Participation Option: We are pleased to announce that our technical volunteers have worked out a way to livestream this event. Please tune in at http://www.livestream.com/publicforums a few minutes before 2:00. We will also be recording the speakers and making the videos available after the event. If you have any difficulties, we will be monitoring the chat forum at livestream.
No Charge; Donations Invited: There is no charge for this Dialogue, but we invite and encourage donations to help us cover our costs (approximately $20-25 per person); you can contribute either online (see Donation ticket below) or at the event.
Post-Meeting Events: There will be an informal social event afterwards at a nearby pub :). Also, Fair Voting BC will be holding a short Annual General Meeting from 4:45-5:15 pm - if you would like to join FVBC, please click here to register and to learn how to become a member.
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Fair Voting BC
The provincial organization devoted to changing our outdated voting system to one that gives people the legislature they actually voted for.