The Deliberative Society

The first component, Deliberative Polling®, is a trademarked process developed by researchers at Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy (CDD). It has been conducted more than forty times in sixteen countries around the world. It combines random sampling with small group discussions and questions to competing experts. Before and after questionnaire results shed light on the public’s considered judgments on a policy issue.

The second component, Reframe It’s technology, extends this process to the full breadth of organizations, communities and populations. The technology allows annotation of documents, including ordering comments according to the rank they achieve by the community. This technology is award-winning and has been used in 70 countries and in over 20 languages.

Also, the technology underpinning the discussion allows the emergence of a social network data, whether people can comment anonymously or are required to use a validated name. People whose comments are highly rated can be incentivized, or invited for further contribution. Comments can be emailed to others, and that data can also be analyzed to see which comments are most popular as well as who is actively spreading the discussion.

The third component of the Deliberative Society process addresses the issue that stand-alone online communities in the past be rendered useless by comments from highly mobilized groups, usually extremist or disruptive. The Deliberative Society process addresses this issue directly by use of a process designed to prevent skewing the online outcomes by combining the Deliberative Poll® process in the growth of the online community. It is designed to prevent “gaming” the system.