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Dr Janette Hartz-Karp

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  • PhD Sociology, MA Sociology
  • MA African Studies (University of California Los Angeles - UCLA, USA);
  • BA Sociology (Californian State University Northridge - CSUN, USA);
  • Teachers Certificate (Teachers Training College, Claremont, WA);
  • Accredited Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Australian Psychological Press);
  • Accredited Quality Management Trainer (Australian Quality Council);
  • Accredited Quality Improvement and Creativity Tools (GOAL QPC, USA)


Dr Janette Hartz-Karp is renowned nationally and internationally for her innovative work in community engagement and deliberative democracy. She is currently the inaugural WA Government Associate Professor Community Planning at the Institute of Sustainability and Technology Policy (ISTP) Murdoch University, Western Australia. Her role involves research into deliberative democracy, teaching, designing and implementing deliberative initiatives, including at least one significant community engagement initiative with the WA Government each year, this year, on climate change.

For 4 and ½ years, as community engagement consultant to the Minister and also Department for Planning and Infrastructure, Janette's task was to find innovative ways to achieve joint decision making with the community - pioneering deliberative democracy. She designed and implemented a wide range of deliberative democracy techniques including Citizens' Juries, Consensus Forums, 21st Century Town Meetings/Dialogues, Multi Criteria Analysis Conferences, World Cafes, Enquiry-by-Design Dialogues, and Deliberative Polls/surveys (examples are listed below and described under Initiatives)

As a result of the approximately 30 deliberative, inclusive, influential processes run in Western Australia, there have been significant changes to policy, planning and infrastructure in the State. One of the most influential was ‘Dialogue with the City’, a process involving a TV ‘hypothetical’ shown in prime time, extensive newspaper coverage, schools competitions, interactive web site, and culminating in the largest deliberative event held in the southern hemisphere, a 21st Century Dialogue with over 1,100 participants. The outcomes of this process were further developed by over 100 participants, to produce ‘Network City: a Community Plan for Perth and Peel’ which was accepted by Cabinet, and is the long term plan for the Perth metropolis.

Janette has continued to pioneer innovative community engagement techniques with local and state governments across Australia, and non government organisations in Australia and the USA on issues relating to climate change. Dr Hartz-Karp is currently working on a major deliberative initiative to further alternative energy, under the auspices of the European Commission. Janette represents Australia at a number of deliberative democracy/collaborative governance forums in the USA and Canada, has presented papers and workshops nationally and internationally, and is on the editorial board of the new IJP2 Journal (International Journal for Public Participation).

Specific examples include:

Consensus Forums
  • Road Train Summit
  • Freight Network Review
  • Scarborough Senior High School Re-development
  • Gascoyne Muster
  • Leighton Development
  • South West Plantation Timber Transport Forum
  • State Rail Heritage Strategy
  • Taxi Review
  • South West Health Community Engagement
  • Cockburn Vision Dialogue
  • CALM Good Neighbour Policy in Mt Barker and Merredin
Deliberative Surveys
  • Scarborough Beach Precinct Development
  • Fremantle Harbour Limits to Growth
  • Joondalup Family Health Study
  • Dept of Water, Logue Brook Dam
  • Future of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge
  • Victoria Quay Commercial Precinct
Multi Criteria Analysis Workshops
  • East West Route through to Port
  • Agricultural Lime Route
  • North East Corridor Study Industrial Site
Citizens’ Juries
  • Reid Highway Exit
  • Albany Administration Centre
  • Integration of Dept Planning and Infrastructure – (together with Stuart White) - 3 parallel juries of randomly selected, stratified Departmental staff.
Enquiry-by-Design / Consensus Forums
  • Bassendean Railway Precinct
21st Century Town Meetings / 21st Century Dialogues
  • Dialogue with the City
  • Dialogue with the Pilbara: Newman Tomorrow
  • Cockburn Vision Dialogue
  • Dianella Local Area Planning
  • Dialogue with Greater Bunbury on Regional Open Space
  • Dialogue with Bunbury (with John Barrington)
  • UN Youth Dialogue (with Ben Whitehouse, Aus. UN Youth representative)
  • Dialogue with the Jewish community
  • CALM Good Neighbour Policy - in Bridgetown, Geraldton and Narrogin
Backcasting / 21st Century Town Dialogue
  • WA Sustainability Resource Efficiency
Enquiry-by-Design / 21st Century Dialogues
  • Port Hedland Enquiry-by-Design
World Café
  • Peel Vision and Sustainability Strategy
  • YMCA Strategic Directions
  • Joondalup Councillors Strategic Directions
  • Dept Immigration & Multicultural Affairs, Settlement Grants Program
  • WIZO Strategic Directions
  • Living in Harmony (together with Radha De Mel)
Open Space Technology
  • Peel Peer Support
Online Self-Managed Deliberative Teams
  • WA Climate Change – Sustainability within a Generation Online Deliberation (together with Brian Sullivan, CivicEvolution)

Janette’s recent publications

Book Chapters
  • Hartz-Karp J & P Newman (2006) "The Participative Route to Sustainability" in S. Paulin (ed.) Community Voices: Creating Sustainable Spaces , Perth, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press, pp. 28 - 42.
  • Carson, L. & Hartz-Karp, J. (2005). "Adapting and Combining Deliberative Designs: Juries, Polls, and Forums", in Gastil, G. & Levine, P.(eds) The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century , Jossey Bass, USA, pp 120 ­ 138
Journal Articles
  • Hartz-Karp, J. (forthcoming) "How and Why Deliberative Democracy Enables Co-Intelligence and Brings Wisdom to Governance", Journal of Public Deliberation:
  • Hartz-Karp, J. (forthcoming) "Understanding Deliberativeness, Bridging Theory with Practice" International Journal of Public Participation,
  • Hartz-Karp, J. (2007) "Climate Change Policy: The ‘Whole of Community’ Approach", NewMatilda,
  • Mansbridge. J. Hartz-Karp, J, Amengual, M. and Gastil, J. (2006) "Norms of Deliberation: An Inductive Study", Journal of Public Deliberation : Vol. 2: No. 1, Article 7.
  • Hartz-Karp, J. (2005) "A Case Study in Deliberative Democracy: Dialogue with the City", Journal of Public Deliberation, April
  • Hartz-Karp, J. (2005) "Harmonising Divergent Voices: Sharing the Challenge of Decision Making", Public Administration Today, Issue 2, Dec - Feb, pp 14 - 19.
  • Hartz-Karp, J. (2005) "Sharing Decision Making", New Matilda, portal/civic engagement, 18 January.
Refereed Conference Papers
  • "Deliberation as a Key to Community Engagement", International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, 14 - 17 Aug 2005.
  • "Deliberative Dialogue for Sustainability: A New Era of Participatory Planning in Western Australia?" with Natalie McGrath, Dora Marinova, Peter Newman, International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, 14 - 17 August 2005.
Formation of ‘21st Century Dialogue’
Janette founded ‘21st Century Dialogue’ to gather the best personnel to effectively deliver a wide range of innovative community engagement techniques from problem or opportunity through to implementation. These services include:
  • Analysis of the problem or opportunity
  • Designing engagement programs and processes that best ‘fit’ the issue
  • Facilitating Steering Teams and other support teams
  • Lead facilitating events
  • Training support personnel including table facilitators, scribes, theme team
  • Computer software applications, modifications where required, and event IT support
  • Survey design, implementation, analysis and report writing
  • Full event management
  • Overall coordination
  • Evaluation