How do we use citizen deliberative councils strategically to empower public wisdom? What can we do to make such councils part of our usual political process? Here are a few ideas.
Citizen deliberative councils (CDCs) could and should play many roles to help us take into account what needs to be taken into account in our public decision making.
Two of the main obstacles to the effectiveness and wisdom of our democracy are (a) the time demands of responsible citizenship and (b) the side effects of power, especially corruption. These factors block our capacity to address our public issues well, and they frustrate efforts to elect better lawmakers.