Geelong is working on a long-term vision to ensure a bright new day dawns for the city.
Greater Geelong's 'Our Future' is a process of involving industry professionals and the community in the development of a long-term vision for Victoria's second-biggest city.
In a citizens’ jury, difficult issues are passionately but respectfully discussed by a cross-section of people from the community.
NHS Citizen Assembly
A citizens' jury has been working to refresh the Future Melbourne strategy. It's part of a broader shift from government decision-making for communities to decision-making with communities.
Mining companies are keen to get to work in underdeveloped, deeply rural parts of South Africa.
Mining proposals are often hugely controversial in South Africa and can even lead to violence. Better strategic assessments based on participation and precaution would help.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
Not Boaty McBoatface?
The NERC is not the first organisation to come unstuck by asking for public input.
Members of the Thai community say they are happy to have a mining industry in the country, but expect a commitment to environmental protection.
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Developing countries often welcome Australian mining companies into their communities, but when things go wrong, communication is key.