November 10, 2012

Bookshelf: Slow Democracy

Slow DemocracySusan Clark, Woden Teachout

Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, and slow money helps us become more engaged with our local economy, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered.

In Slow Democracy, community leader Susan Clark and democracy scholar Woden Teachout document the range of ways that citizens around the country are breathing new life into participatory democracy in their communities.

Large institutions and centralized governments, with top-down, expert-driven thinking, are no longer society’s drivers. In fact, they are often responsible for tearing communities apart. New decision-making techniques now pair with cutting-edge communication tools to make local communities—and the citizens who live there—uniquely suited to meet today’s challenges.

1 comment:

mike flugennock said...

Slow democracy? Try no democracy, Sam -- because that's basically what we have now.

What we need is fast democracy. We need real revolutinary change in this country, and we need it yesterday.