You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is based at the Australian National University. Deliberative democracy is a field of political inquiry that is concerned with improving collective decision-making. It emphasizes the right, opportunity, and capacity of anyone who is subject to a collective decision to participate (or have their representatives participate) in consequential deliberation about that decision. The Delibrative Democracy Consortium (DDC)u is an alliance of organizations and scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. Thinking about development in terms of growth in national income, economic growth, does not necessarily translate directly into growth in human wellbeing. There is no reason to believe that bureaucrats and politicians, no matter how well-meaning, are better at solving problems than the people on the spot, who have the strongest incentive to get the solution right.
Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2009