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The Power of Deliberative Polling - Discussion and Screening
Deliberative Polling offers deep insights and a capacity to inform and engage citizens that is truly unique in today's public square. Join SPUR - the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association - for a discussion on how deliberative polling continues to inform California's most important reform efforts. The event, to be held January 3 in San Francisco, will include a screening of the PBS Newshour documentary of this summer's groundbreaking event, What's Next California?
What's Next California? — the first state-wide deliberative poll in California — was conducted in 2011 and covered four basic areas: the initiative process, the Legislature, state/local relations and tax/fiscal issues. Thirty proposals were deliberated by a statewide scientific sample of 412 participants. Their conclusions offered many surprises. A panel of three key organizers of the project — James Fishkin of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, Zabrae Valentine of California Forward and Lenny Mendonca of McKinsey & Company — will discuss the project process and findings. The event will include a screening of the PBS NewsHour-produced documentary about the project, narrated by Judy Woodruff.
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