BP 2014: Supporting Deeper Deliberative Dialogue Through Awareness Tools
Working Group Session:
Supporting deep dialogue and deliberation
in socio-technological systems
Tom Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
info: tommurray.us, socialDeliberativeSkills.com
Agenda: 1.5 hr. working session
• 10 min Theme of the workshop
• 20 min Discussion questions to seed the ﬁeld
• 7 min presentation: UMass research--Murray
• 7 min presentation: NCDD resources--Murray
• 7 min presentation: Justify system--Fry
• Remainder – open discussion
(Wilber’s Integral Theory)
Small group discussion:
Why do/don’t people get along?
Causes of peace and non-peace...
Technology Supporting Peace & Justice
1 — Systemic change
Supporting grass-roots movements
• organizing actions and information ﬂow
Citizen Reporting & Monitoring
• of crimes, conﬂicts, social injustices, of
governments, social trends, industry
Eliminating precursors to war & unrest,
• building precursors to peace: economic stability and
growth, education, health care, nutrition…
• participatory budgeting; community forums
What are the general skills?
• Civic engagement/public dialogue
• International & inter-group conﬂict
• Labor/management, consumer
disputes alternative dispute
• Interpersonal disputes / mediation
• Deliberative decision making
(school, work, home)
Content vs. Structure/Tools
(& Beliefs vs. Skills)
A. What SKILLS are needed for
dealing with differences and
B. Example of a simple
tool supporting a skill...
>> technology supporting each?...
Supporting Deeper Deliberative
Dialogue Through Awareness Tools
University of Massachusetts
MIT Build Peace Conference
Working Group Session:
Supporting deep dialogue and deliberation in
Global Citizen Skills
• “A good deal of research ...evidence of people’s
inability to understand and fairly consider other
people’s perspectives, to think critically about their
own position” (Rosenberg)
• “In times of increased global interdependence,
producing interculturally competent citizens who
can engage in informed, ethical decision-making
when confronted with problems that involve a
diversity of perspectives is becoming an urgent
educational priority…however these skills…are what
corporations ﬁnd in shortest supply among entry-
level candidates." (King & Baxter)
• Engaging reciprocally with the perspectives where
"reasonable people can reasonably disagree" (King &
Social Deliberative Skills:
Social perspective taking
(cognitive empathy, reciprocal
Social perspective seeking
(social inquiry, question
Social perspective weighing
(reﬂective reasoning; comparing
and contrasting views...)
[CURRENT] WEEK 1: Discuss the pros and cons of leg...
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[CURRENT] WEEK 1: Discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana.[CURRENT] WEEK 1: Discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana.
To focus the conversation, we invite you to assume you are on an advisory panel for the state
legislature, having some preliminary conversations online, and you will eventually be drafting
a group recommendation. Consider not only your own preferences but what is best for the
state (or society).
CONTRIBUTE YOUR THOUGHTS
14:53 EDT Sunday, November 13 by tomm
tomm has joined the conversation
23:53 EDT Saturday, November 12 by ines-v
ines-v added a resource: 'Getting a Fix'
23:52 EDT Saturday, November 12 by ines-v
I have to disagree with your third point that marijuana is a gateway drug. Of
all the people I know that smoke marijuana, they do not do any hard drugs.
I do agree that gateway drugs exist, however I feel like that typically
happens from one hard drug to another when one doesn't seem to be
enough. But if you want to talk about gateway drugs we would also have to
mention alcohol and cigarettes which many people consume and smoke.
Alcohol and cigarettes are also drugs and often considered gateway drugs.
They are both legal so that option is void in regards to marijuana.
You also mentioned cancer and other lung related issues. Marijuana is a
natural plant. Cigarettes are made up of extremely harmful chemicals that
cause lung related issues and cancer much faster than marijuana ever could.
Yet, they are still legal. If anything, cigarettes should be illegal when
considering public health. Marijuana is a lot safer than cigarettes.
I do appreciate you playing Devil's advocate though!
I'd like to explain how I see it differently (ines-v)
18:26 EDT Friday, November 11 by arthur-x
It seems like the vast majority is supportive of the legalization of marijuana,
so I'm going to play devil's advocate in order to bring the opposition's side
to the table.
First off, research has demonstrated that marijuana use reduces learning
ability by limiting the capacity to absorb and retain information. A 1995
study of college students discovered that the inability of heavy marijuana
users to focus, sustain attention, and organize data persists for as long as 24
hours after their last use of the drug. Earlier research, comparing cognitive
abilities of adult marijuana users with non-using adults, found that users fall
short on memory as well as math and verbal skills. Although it has yet to be
proven conclusively that heavy marijuana use can cause irreversible loss of
intellectual capacity, animal studies have shown marijuana-induced
structural damage to portions of the brain essential to memory and learning.
Furthermore, when someone is under the influence of marijuana, they
should not be allowed to operate heavy machinery like motor vehicles,
right? Sure, if marijuana becomes legalized, Congress will definitely enact
laws to prevent drivers from being under the influence of marijuana. But,
Everyone (no demographics set)