By Sonia Randhawa
Coalition for Everyone
Democracy and society are broken. The average life expectancy of the world’s richest economy (pre-COVID) was being dragged down by an epidemic of suicide among those aged under 40. People feel disconnected from the political decisions that govern their lives. Internationally, the disconnect between the majority of people who want decisive action on the climate crisis is in stark contrast with the political elites who still prevaricate, across all political divides.
The solution to the broken-ness of the systems is to re-connect decision-making with not the publics that currently exist, but re-connecting decision-making to informed, representative publics through Citizens’ Assemblies and helping build the capacity of people to make informed decisions through deliberative People’s Assemblies.
The Coalition of Everyone proposes a workshop on how deliberative, democratic principles can form the basis of the design process. The aim would be to inspire computing professionals to engage their organisations and clients in participatory processes that shift the values informing the design process from hierarchical to horizontal structures and that privilege co-operation over competition.
The workshop will practice what it preaches, engaging design practitioners in an open process to solve one key problem: “How can design engage in the climate crisis?”. The workshop will involve a brief discussion of what participatory, deliberative democracy is, and how it is being used around the world; followed by an experiential component around that key question.
The Coalition of Everyone is building a politics of hope, and defusing the politics of fear, by designing processes that bring diverse people together in a facilitated environment which builds trust and allows assemblies to consider potentially divisive issues in a respectful way, directed towards solutions. We consider the greatest challenge facing the world today is the climate crisis, and we recognise that we will need everyone to direct their talents towards rebuilding society through a just, zero-carbon transition.
The Coalition of Everyone is based in Australia, and we recognise that we live and work on stolen land, land which was never ceded. We pay our respects to Indigenous elders past, present and emerging.