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Meet  Your  Fellow  Summiteers  

Lyn  Carson   Lyn  Carson  is  a  professorial  fellow  at  the  Centre  for  Citizenship  and  
Public  Policy  at  the  University  of  Western  Sydney.  She  has  taught  and  
researched  in  the  field  of  deliberative  democracy  and  citizen  
engagement  for  nearly  20  years.  Her  interest  in  the  field  began  when  
she  was  an  elected  representative  in  local  government  in  northern  
E^t͘^ŚĞŝŵĂŐŝŶĞĚƚŚĞƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂŶŝƚŝnjĞŶƐ͛WĂƌůŝĂŵĞŶƚ;ǁŝƚŚ>ƵĐĂ
Belgiorno-­‐Nettis  from  newdemocracy)  and  co-­‐designed  the  project  
(with  Janette  Hartz-­‐Karp).  She  co-­‐teaches  the  award-­‐winning  Dialogue,  
  Deliberation  and  Public  Engagement  certificate  program  (coordinated  
  by  Jan  Elliott  and  involving  a  US  team  of  scholars  and  practitioners).  
Moira  Deslandes   Moira  Deslandes  is  the  International  Executive  Director  of  IAP2.  She  
has  over  25  years  experience  in  the  public  participation  space  and  has  
a  diverse  portfolio  that  includes  facilitating  deliberative  polls  in  
Australia;  consulting  on  local,  regional,  national  and  international  
projects;  evaluation  and  reviews  of  programs  and  policies.  She  has  
worked  in  public  policy  across  community  services,  health,  education,  
transport,  science  and  information  economy  from  grassroots  to  cabinet  
levels.  Moira  has  written  and  delivered  training  packages  for  
government  and  the  not-­‐for-­‐profit  sector.  She  likes  to  include  
improvisation  theatre  tools  and  techniques  for  engagement,  learning  
  and  decision-­‐making.  
:ĂŶ͛Ɛpassion,  skills,  and  commitment  are  to  build  capacities  in  
dialogue,  deliberation,  and  civic  engagement  that  help  create  
constructive  change  in  the  world.  This  represents  an  evolution  of  her  
public  policy  work  at  senior  government  levels,  not-­‐for-­‐profit  work  
Jan  Elliott with  the  nonpartisan  Public  Policy  Forum,  work  in  Canadian  and  
international  contexts.    Her  work  in  transformative  conversations  
focuses  on  creating  spaces  for  reflective  learning,  the  interaction  
between  what  we  know  through  research  and  what  we  learn  in  our  
day-­‐to-­‐day  work,  and  documenting  this  so  others  can  build  upon  it.    Jan  
holds  a  WŚĨƌŽŵ&ŝĞůĚŝŶŐ'ƌĂĚƵĂƚĞhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJ;h^ͿĂŶĚƚǁŽŵĂƐƚĞƌ͛Ɛ
degrees  (in  human  and  organizational  systems  and  in  education).  Withc  
olleagues  she  created  Fielding  GraduatĞhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJ͛ƐŝĂůŽŐƵĞ͕
Deliberation,  and  Public  Engagement  graduate-­‐level  certificate  
program  to  help  practitioners  from  around  the  world  build  capacities  in  
  this  work.    
Michelle  Feenan  is  a  licensed  IAP2  Certificate  Program  trainer  based  in  
Queensland,  Australia.    Michelle  is  also  a  community  engagement  
practitioner  providing  strategic,  planning  and  communications  services  
to  the  private,  government  and  not-­‐for-­‐ƉƌŽĨŝƚƐĞĐƚŽƌƐ͘DŝĐŚĞůůĞ͛Ɛ
Michelle  Feenan   passion  for  working  with  people,  and  a  belief  that  meaningful  
  community  engagement  makes  for  better  decision-­‐making  and  
stronger  communities  is  key  to  her  success.    She  has  over  20  years  
experience  in  community  consultation,  stakeholder  engagement,  
facilitation,  planning,  team  management  and  community  development.  
This  experience  has  included  a  diverse  range  of  complex  consultation  
projects  regarding  social  policy,  open  space  and  recreational  planning,  
community  planning  and  social  infrastructure  development  in  settings  
from  remote  and  rural  communities  to  large  provincial  centres  and  
highly  urban  settings.  Michelle  trained  more  people  in  the  certificate  
program  than  anyone  other  trainer  in  2010.  

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Teresa  Forest  has  qualifications  in  Arts,  Education,  Film  and  Drama,  
Counselling,  Drug  Education  and  Workplace  Training  and  
Teresa  Forest Assessment.  Teresa  is  an  accredited  Public  Speaker  and  an  Honorary  
Life  member  of  the  South  Australian  Media  Education  Association.  She  
has  over  35  years  experience  working  in  the  public,  private  and  not  for  
profit  sector  as  a  High  School  Principal,  Superintendent  of  Education,  
CEO,  Ministerial  Adviser  to  two  State  Government  Ministers  and  
Management  and  Training  Consultant.  She  currently  designs  and  
conducts  training  programs  (specialising  in  Standards  Education),  
organisational  reviews,  strategic  planning  and  governance  
enhancement  and  is  a  non  medical  member  of  national  health  Council  
  in  Australia.  
John  Gastil  (Ph.D.,  University  of  Wisconsin-­‐Madison,  1994)  is  a  
professor  of  communication  and  political  science  in  the  University  of  
John  Gastil   Washington.  His  books  include  The  Jury  and  Democracy  (Oxford,  2010),  
The  Group  in  Society  (Sage,  2010),  Political  Communication  and  
Deliberation  (Sage,  2008),  By  Popular  Demand  (California,  2000),  
Democracy  in  Small  Groups  (New  Society  Publishers,  1993),  and  the  co-­‐
edited  volume,  The  Deliberative  Democracy  Handbook  (Jossey-­‐Bass,  
2005),  and  scholarly  articles  in  various  journals.  The  National  Science  
Foundation  has  supported  five  large-­‐scale  research  programs  in  which  
he  has  served  as  a  principal  or  co-­‐investigator.  John  also  has  an  
inordinate  fondness  for  all  things  Australian,  even  barracking  
ƉĂƐƐŝŽŶĂƚĞůLJĨŽƌƚŚĞtĞƐƚŽĂƐƚĂŐůĞƐĂŶĚƚŚĞtE͛Ɛ^ĞĂƚƚůĞ^ƚŽƌŵ
  (famous  for  its  Australian  hoopsters).  
Dr  Janette  Hartz-­‐Karp  is  renowned  nationally  and  internationally  for  
Janette    Hartz-­‐Karp her  innovative  work  in  deliberative  democracy.  As  Professor  of  
Sustainability,  Curtin  University,  Australia,  Janette  teaches  and  
researches  in  deliberative  democracy.  Janette  is  currently  involved  in  a  
number  of  action  research  initiatives  including  a  pilot  for  a  global  
dialogue  on  climate  change  in  Alberta  Canada;  preventative  health  
deliberations  across  Australia;  and  she  is  also  leading  an  initiative  to  
create  a  deliberative  community/collaborative  governance  in  regional  
WA  -­‐  one  of  the  finalists  in  the  international  Reinhard-­‐Mohn  Prize  for  
  ͚ǀŝƚĂůŝnjŝŶŐĚĞŵŽĐƌĂĐLJ͛͘  
Sandy  Heierbacher  is  the  co-­‐founder  and  director  of  the  1400-­‐member  
Sandy  Heierbacher   National  Coalition  for  Dialogue  &  Deliberation  (NCDD).    E͛Ɛ
members  engage  and  mobilize  people  across  the  globe  around  today's  
ŵŽƐƚĚŝĨĨŝĐƵůƚŝƐƐƵĞƐ͘E͛ƐƌĞƐŽƵƌĐĞ-­‐rich  website  (ncdd.org)  and  
events  are  hubs  for  leaders  and  up-­‐and-­‐comers  in  public  engagement  
and  conflict  resolution,  and  those  looking  for  engagement  services.    In  
addition  to  her  work  with  NCDD,  Sandy  has  consulted  for  
such  organizations  as  the  Corporation  for  National  Service,  the  Centers  
for  Disease  Control,  and  the  Kettering  Foundation  in  the  areas  of  public  
engagement  and  conflict  resolution.    Sandy  has  an  M.A.  from  the  
  School  for  International  Training.  

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David  Kahane  is  associate  professor  and  Vargo  Distinguished  
Teaching  Chair  in  the  Department  of  Political  Science  at  the  University  
of  Alberta  (Canada).  He  is  Project  Director  for  Alberta  Climate  Dialogue  
(ABCD),  a  community-­‐university  research  partnership  that  is  convening  
citizens  across  Alberta  to  deliberate  on  climate  change  policy,  and  
learning  from  careful  evaluation  of  these  processes  and  their  outcomes  
(see  www.albertaclimatedialogue.ca).  His  broader  research  deals  with  
theories  and  practices  of  democratic  dialogue  and  deliberation,  with  
particular  focus  on  features  of  process  design  that  make  public  
dialogues  more  inclusive  and  transformative.  Among  his  publications  
David  Kahane   are  Deliberative  Democracy  in  Theory  and  Practice,  edited  with  Daniel  
Weinstock,  Dominique  Leydet,  and  Melissa  Williams  (University  of  
British  Columbia  Press,  2010);  "The  Micropolitics  of  Deliberation:  
Beyond  Argumentation  to  Recognition  and  Justice"  (with  
John  Forester)  in  that  volume;  "Inclusion  and  Representation  in  
Democratic  Deliberation:  Lessons  from  Canada's  
Romanow  Commission?  (with  Bettina  von  Lieres),  in  Andrea  Cornwall  
and  Vera  Schattan  Coelho,  Spaces  for  Change?  The  Politics  of  Citizen  
Participation  in  New  Democratic  Arenas  (London:  Zed  Books,  2007);  
and  Intercultural  Dispute  Resolution  in  Aboriginal  Contexts:  Land  
Claims,  Treaties,  and  Self-­‐Government  Agreements,  edited  with  Cathy  
  Bell  (University  of  British  Columbia  Press,  2004).  
Lars  engagement  in  participatory  technology  assessment  started  in  
Lars  Kluver   1986,  when  he  was  project  manager  of  a  consensus  conference  on  
͞'ĞŶĞdĞĐŚŶŽůŽŐLJŝŶ/ŶĚƵƐƚƌLJĂŶĚŐƌŝĐƵůƚƵƌĞ͟.  Lars  was  project  
manager  on  numerous  participatory  and  expert-­‐based  TA  activities.  
The  DBT  has  a  worldwide  reputation  and  the  toolbox  of  the  DBT  
includes  methods  such  as  Scenario  Workshops,  Future  Lab,  Future  
Search  Conference,  Voting  Conference,  Citizen  Hearing  and  Perspective  
Workshop,  -­‐  methods  which  have  been  developed  or  adapted  to  
parliamentary  TA  by  the  Board.  He  has  been  active  in  participation  
research,  including  as  coordinator  of  the  EUROPTA  and  CIVISTI  projects  
and  coordination  member  of  the  TAMI  project,  and  he  has  represented  
the  participatory  approach  to  TA  in  EU  expert  groups.  Lately,  Lars  
initiated  the  ͞tŽƌůĚtŝĚĞsŝĞǁƐŽŶ'ůŽďĂůtĂƌŵŝŶŐ͟ʹ  a  citizen  
participation  project,  in  which  44  100-­‐person  citizen  meetings  were  
held  on  September  26,  2009,  in  38  countries,  as  a  global  public  input  to  
  the  UN  COP15  summit.  
Matt  Leighninger  is  the  Executive  Director  of  the  Deliberative  
Democracy  Consortium  (DDC),  an  alliance  of  the  major  organizations  
and  leading  scholars  working  in  the  field  of  deliberation  and  public  
Matt  Leighninger   engagement.  The  DDC  represents  more  than  50  foundations,  nonprofit  
organizations,  and  universities,  collaborating  to  support  research  
activities  and  advance  democratic  practice,  in  North  America  and  
around  the  world.  Over  the  last  sixteen  years,  Matt  has  worked  with  
public  engagement  efforts  in  over  100  communities,  in  40  states  and  
four  Canadian  provinces.  Matt  is  a  Senior  Associate  for  Everyday  
Democracy,  and  serves  on  the  boards  of  E-­‐Democracy.Org,  the  
National  School  Public  Relations  Association,  and  The  Democracy  
Imperative.  His  first  book,  The  Next  Form  of  Democracy:  How  Expert  
Rule  is  Giving  Way  to  Shared  Governance  ʹ  and  Why  Politics  Will  Never  
Be  the  Same,  traces  the  recent  shifts  in  the  relationship  between  
citizens  and  government,  and  examines  how  these  trends  are  
  reshaping  our  democracy.  

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Rodolfo  Lewanski  

Rodolfo  Lewanski  (1950)  is  an  associate  professor  at  the  Faculty  of  
Political  Science,  University  of  Bologna  where  he  teaches  courses  in  
environmental  policy,  policy  analysis,  urban  policies  and  public  
administration.    His  research  interests  are  in  the  field  of  road  safety  
policies,  environmental  policy,  sustainable  development,  
environmental  conflicts,  and  deliberative  democracy  and  public  
ĞŶŐĂŐĞŵĞŶƚ͘^ŝŶĐĞKĐƚŽďĞƌϮϬϬϴĂƐ͚WĂƌƚŝĐŝƉĂƚŝŽŶƵƚŚŽƌŝƚLJ͛ŚĞŝƐ
responsible  for  implementing  law  no.  69/07  of  the  Tuscany  Region  (an  
  English  version  of  the  law  is  available  here  ).  
Ron  Lubensky  
Ron  Lubensky  is  a  Phd  candidate  at  the  University  of  Western  Sydney,  
Australia.  His  research  interests  are  motivated  by  a  desire  to  raise  
understanding  and  acceptance  of  public  dialogue  and  deliberation  
during  policy  formation.  He  was  on  the  organising  team  of  the  first  
Australian  Citizens'  Parliament.  With  a  background  in  corporate  adult  
learning  and  ICT  development,  Ron  is  also  exploring  how  online  
  technology  can  be  better  deployed  to  enable  public  deliberation.  
Stephani  has  worked  on  complex  projects  ranging  from  land  use,  
health  care,  transportation,  education,  nuclear  waste  and  
Stephani  Roy  McCallum   environmental  issues  during  her  18  years  in  the  public  engagement  
field.  She  has  a  passion  for  community  engagement  where  outrage,  
high  emotion  and  conflict  are  present.  She  views  conflict  as  an  
opportunity  to  affect  meaningful  change,  and  high  emotion  as  a  signal  
that  there  is  passion  and  energy  for  an  issue.  She  is  frequently  found  
wading  directly  into  the  midst  of  controversy,  rather  than  watching  
from  the  sidelines.  Stephani  has  worked  across  Canada,  the  U.S.A.,  
Australia  and  Europe.    She  is  licensed  to  IAP2  to  deliver  the  Certificate  
  in  Public  Participation  and  the  2  day  program  Emotion,  Outrage  and  
  Public  Participation.  
Doug  is  a  facilitator,  trainer,  and  policy  analyst  with  over  25  years  
experience  in  public  participation,  group  decision-­‐making,  dispute  
Doug  Sarno   resolution,  engineering,  and  organizational  performance.  Projects  and  
subjects  include:    disposal  of  high  level  nuclear  waste,  river  dredging,  
endangered  species  Act,  nanotechnology,  inter-­‐country  management  
of  the  Mekong  River.  He  has  managed  and  facilitated  several  thousand  
public  meetings,  over  20  long-­‐term  stakeholder  advisory  boards  and  
designed  and  facilitated  dozens  of  national  and  international  
stakeholder  forums.  He  is  currently  facilitating  six  long-­‐term  citizen  
advisory  boards,  including  re-­‐visioning  the  entire  New  York  City  
waterfront  and  two  high-­‐profile  boards  on  restoration  of  extensive  
dioxin-­‐contaminated  waterways.  He  licensed  by  the  International  
Association  for  Public  Participation  in  their  Certificate  of  Public  
Participation  and  has  trained  thousands  of  staff  throughout  federal,  
state,  and  local  governments  on  the  proper  approach  to  public  
participation.  He  has  facilitated  forums  and  training  on  public  
  participation  in  Australia,  Europe,  Asia  and  South  Africa.    

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Vivien  Twyford  

Vivien  invites  summiteers  to  refer  to  her  website  for  more  information.  
   
Mark  teaches  political  theory  at  the  University  of  British  Columbia,  
where  he  holds  the  Harold  and  Dorrie  Merilees  Chair  for  the  Study  of  
Democracy.  He  is  especially  interested  in  the  relationship  between  new  
forms  of  citizen  participation  and  democratic  representation,  civil  
society  and  democracy,  political  corruption,  democracy  and  
Mark  Warren   deliberation.  Warren  is  author  of  Democracy  and  Association  
(Princeton  University  Press,  2001),  editor  of  Democracy  and  Trust  
(Cambridge  University  Press  1999),  and  co-­‐editor  of  Designing  
ĞůŝďĞƌĂƚŝǀĞĞŵŽĐƌĂĐLJ͗dŚĞƌŝƚŝƐŚŽůƵŵďŝĂŝƚŝnjĞŶƐ͛ƐƐĞŵďůLJ  
(Cambridge  University  Press  20ϬϴͿ͘tĂƌƌĞŶ͛ƐǁŽƌŬŚĂƐĂƉƉĞĂƌĞĚŝŶ
journals  such  as  the  American  Political  Science  Review,  the  American  
Journal  of  Political  Science,  and  Political  Theory.  He  is  currently  working  
on  an  internet  project  entitled  Participedia  with  Archon  Fung.  
Participedia  will  catalogue  and  map  new  democratic  processes  on  the  
  basis  of  user-­‐generated  content.  
Kimbra  White  has  been  involved  with  IAP2  since  2006  when  she  took  
on  the  voluntary  role  of  organising  events  for  IAP2  in  Melbourne  and  
joined  the  Australasian  Committee.    Subsequently,  she  has  been  the  
Vice  President  (2008/09  and  2009/10)  and  is  currently  the  President  of  
IAP2  Australasia  (2010/2011).  In  addition,  she  was  the  convenor  of  the  
IAP2  Australasian  Conference  in  Melbourne  in  2007.  She  has  
represented  the  Australasian  Affiliate  on  the  IAP2  International  Board  
since  August  2009.    Kimbra  is  the  principal  of  the  Melbourne  based  
consultancy,  and  provides  advisory  services  in  community  
engagement.  She  specialises  in  facilitating  community  engagement  
activities  and  strategic  planning  for  organisations.    She  has  
Kimbra  White   considerable  experience  working  in  the  state,  regional  and  local  
government  in  Australia.  Her  most  recent  position  was  as  the  Executive  
Director  of  Business  East,  the  regional  development  organisation  for  
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Australian  regional  organisations  of  councils,  the  NSW  Department  of  
Planning  and  Hobart  City  Council  in  Tasmania.    Kimbra  resides  in  
Melbourne  with  her  husband  and  two  university  aged  daughters.  Her  
interests  are  travelling,  walking  and  the  beach  life,  particularly  in  
combination.  She  lived  in  Houston,  Texas  for  five  years  where  she  
added  an  MBA  to  her  qualifications  and  she  is  still  strongly  attached  to  
her  childhood  state  of  Tasmania  where  she  still  has  family  and  the  
  beaches  are  very  good.    
 

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