Comment 64643

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted June 06, 2011 at 15:04:24

Direct, digital democracy is not a new concept, but it is frequently criticized on the grounds that citizens are not informed enough to make wise decisions about complex issues. But no one knows neighbourhood issues better than the people who live there.

Thank you. So true, but so un-acknowledged. The city's approach always seems to be adversarial - treating "the public" as hostile, apathetic, ignorant and disruptive. This, of course, becomes a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy as "the public" tends to notice, then respond with hostility, disruption and apathy. It's a classic story of an organization seeking to achieve "success" by means of cutting off any information flow that might signal failure.

The point of public consultations is not to put the public at ease with new plans. It's to gather as much relevant informations possible so as to create the best plans in the first place.

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