Public deliberation is one way
for the people of Oklahoma to approach resolving public issues. The
practice of deliberation gives communities and organizations a way to
discuss potential solutions by convening and participating in
deliberative forums. In the forums, we examine critical issues and then
move toward making choices for public policy. These choices are based
on Common Ground for Action identified through the public
deliberation of local members. Oklahomans cannot act together until
they decide together. By making choices, the public defines what it
considers to be in its people’s best interest and finds common ground
What are the core concepts of
What is a deliberative
Deliberative forums provide a safe non-partisan
venue for citizens to tackle challenging issues facing their
communities. These forums are based on the idea that a democratic
society has a responsibility to convene and talk through public issues
and eventually, to indicate to policymakers the desired course of public
In a deliberative forum:
A diverse group of 8-10 people
convene in a circle or horseshoe
with a trained moderator and recorder.
Over 2 to 2˝
hours, the moderator engages participants in deliberating
three or four possible policy
approaches to a public issue.
The moderator ensures that forum
participants listen carefully and respectfully to each
other as they share their perspectives.
They identify the costs
and consequences of each approach and
describe compromises they are willing to make.
Working together, they establish a shared
sense of direction.
For more information on how to convene a forum, go to