Participatory Democracy participatory democracy 

Participatory democracy strives to involve everyone affected in making the decisions that shape their day to day lives. It consists of inclusive processes of deliberation that are bound to real and substantive decisions. It goes beyond consultations which may or may not be respected by those in  power or representative democracy where the representatives may be lobbied, bought or placed there because of more access, wealth and influence. Participatory democracy aims at creating opportunities for all members of a community to make meaningful contributions to decision-making, and seeks to broaden the range of people that have access to such opportunities. It also fosters the skills and practices to do so. Examples of participatory democracy date from the Iroquois Confederacy, now Six Nations, which is the oldest constitution in the world. They include co-governance models of shared decision making between government and civil society such as participatory budgeting, and self-governance models like worker cooperatives and the Transformative Learning Center itself.

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