38 postsecondary institutions announced plans to hold a two-day, online event bringing together 1,500 young people from across the United States for moderated discussions on some of the most pressing issues facing the nation.
The students deliberated in depth on specific policy proposals designed to reduce economic inequality, which included Universal Basic Income, Baby Bonds, more progressive tax structures, and capping executive pay.
More than ever before, our lives as Canadians are shaped by what happens outside Canada: from the food on our tables, to the jobs we may hold, to the technology that connects us to our loved ones and that keeps us informed. And now, with a pandemic turning our lives upside down, our very health is influenced by international affairs. In a democracy, citizens must have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. Increasingly, decisions that affect our lives are impacted by developments and decisions beyond our borders. The lives of everyday Canadians are shaped by the way Canada engages in the world. At the same time that our interdependence with other countries has grown, the world has become a more divided place. The past few years have seen an increase in competition between countries, as the alliances and institutions that unite us grow weaker. Just as we now rely more on decisions made at the international level to Instill some stability in our lives, those decisions have become more and more difficult to make. How should Canada work with other countries to improve our lives? You, like all citizens, have an essential role to play in answering this question. Foreign policy shapes your life. This exercise is an opportunity to learn what Canada’s foreign policy should be, in the view of the people most affected – Canadians themselves.
CDD assisted the university administration in conducting a Deliberative Poll of Stanford faculty on proposals affecting the design of the university’s new school on climate and sustainability.
James S. Fishkin, Alice Siu, Larry Diamond, & Norman Bradburn, Forthcoming in American Political Science Review PDF