CRSD is undertaking transdisciplinary research, in order to facilitate, train and apply new methods for collective thinking, designing and decision-making. This visionary initiative envisions not only a physical presence but also a suite of methodologies along with a network of experts to promote forward-thinking approaches globally to cultivating deliberative spaces.

The core philosophy of this "deliberative space" is inherently transdisciplinary, inclusive and adaptive.  A deliberative space is not a new concept. As described by scholars in the participatory democracy subfield within the Political Science discipline and participatory methodology within Social Science, is a designated environment, whether physical or virtual, intentionally designed to facilitate inclusive, informed, and respectful discussions among individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and expertise. Such spaces engage participants in constructive dialogue, encourage mutual understanding, and seek collective solutions to complex societal issues. In these spaces, participants are encouraged to express their views openly, listen actively to others, and collaboratively deliberate on matters of public concern. 

Deliberative spaces are characterized by their emphasis on inclusivity, information accessibility, skilled facilitation, and the pursuit of well-defined goals, such as consensus-building, decision-making, or innovative problem-solving.

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The potential for constructive implementation is highest when deliberative scholars and practitioners have pre-established relationships with political leaders and the public, rather than being sought out as a last resort during a crisis. 

Much work remains in refining the insights from this field and translating them into practical political action. The process of political reconstruction itself should ideally be deliberative and democratic, involving not only social scientists but also engaging citizens and leaders in a broad-based effort towards political renewal.

This research project will innovate methodologies to apply deliberative space in CRSD research and advisory projects. Two benefits need to be satisfied to be qualified as innovation in the context of deliberation science. They are: 

  1. Applied as a primary research inquiry method for evidence creation and,
  2. Building trust among stakeholders coming from different walks of life representing a common issue. 

Characteristics of CRSD Deliberative Space Methods

CRSD aspires to help unfold these deliberative spaces, fostering inclusivity, innovation, and resilience in decision-making processes across a multitude of domains. We aim to redefine how individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives engage in constructive dialogue, envision possibilities, and collaboratively craft strategies and policies for a better future.