NCDD member Cynthia Gibson added an interesting post to the Public Conversations Project’s blog today, titled The Coffee Party: Long Time Brewing. (PCP is an organizational member of NCDD as well.) In her post, Cindy writes:
How heartening to see ordinary people coalescing around the notion that the government is theirs and that they have a role to play in ensuring its vitality. Rather than bash government, the Coffee Party wants to work with it.
What the Coffee Party movement may not know, however, is that there already is a powerful movement rippling across the country that’s doing likewise. It’s called deliberative democracy, through which people are coming together to identify common concerns and find ways to work together to solve them.
Cindy’s blog post is pretty brief, and I added a comment that may just be longer than her post. We’ve been discussing the Coffee Party Movement on the main NCDD listserv, and Cindy’s post suggests all those of us interested in democratic governance take advantage of the popularity of the Coffee Party Movement to “join together toward rebuilding a process that’s all but vanished in the halls of our government.”
I included some quotes from listserv subscribers in my comment (anonymously) so people can get a sense of what NCDDers think about how we should get involved in or ride the wave of this progressive response to the Tea Party Movement. Feel free to add your comments, too, and check out PCP’s other blog posts while you’re at it.