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ABC – leaflet

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A summary of how we think about democracy on this website. It can be handed out, after a workshop, to the participants as a small leaflet (four A-5 pages).

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Assessment form

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This form is used with the application A democratic platform.

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A democratic platform

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Purpose

Get the participants to:

  • decide on a joint, democratic platform

  • compare their platform with the criteria for democracy
  • assess the degree to which their own decision-making process was democratic

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Three basic issues

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Every day and in a variety of situations, decisions are made that affect many people. When should the decision-making process be democratic and what does that mean

To answer that question, this theoretical background presents an ABC of democracy. The model is general – it applies at every level, from small groups to global organisations such as the United Nations – and consists of three stages:

A. First of all, get a clear idea of the two alternatives to democracy
B. This gives a sounder basis for arriving at democracy’s fundamental principles
C. If the democratic alternative is chosen, there is the question of how to put it into practice.

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Peter & Paul and the alternatives

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Purpose

  • use a dilemma to bring out the difference between binding decisions and voluntary negotiations
  • elucidate the alternatives to a democratic process – guardianship or anarchy – and how they are often closer to hand than a democratic arrangement

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Association

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Purpose

Give the participants an opportunity to:

  • apply democracy’s preconditions and basic principles to themselves

  • reflect on what it means to form a democratic association

  • experience the tension between the principles of Equal consideration and Personal autonomy in a Hot seat session

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Democracy’s two faces

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Purpose

  • Examine the group’s attitudes to democracy

  • Give the participants a chance of airing mixed feelings in two Four corners discussions

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