Publicly Created Systemic Responses to Climate Change

Publicly Created Systemic Responses to Climate Change
An Integral Approach to Civic Engagement
By Jan Inglis
The author outlines a developmentally designed process of public deliberation for engaging diverse perspectives, setting priorities, and making decisions that address the complex layers of public issues.
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Published: 12-01-2009
Length: 21 Pages
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Eective responses to climate change require an integral approach to public interaction and issue analysis. Multiple perspectives must be honored, and the developmental nature of phenomena and the inherent complexity of relationships must be recognized. To demonstrate the application of such an approach, I outline a developmentally designed process of public deliberation for actively engaging diverse perspectives, setting priorities, and making decisions that address the complex layers of public issues. Inadequate attempts of engaging this complexity limit our current attempts at comprehensive approaches to climate change. This process, when intentionally facili- tated, can lead to an elevation of the complexity of thinking. Complex thinking is necessary at both an individual and community level to create and sustain systemic responses. Therefore, civic en- gagement plays a significant role in integral responses to climate change issues. The article provides resources for and models of application.