Safe Hands – Principle 4


“…experts ought to be on tap and not on top.”

George William Russell


“ … when experts have the requisite humility to promote a two way dialogue, and to really, truly listen – the public enjoy the process of dialogue, find experts refreshing, interesting and stimulating, and have plenty to say that would be helpful, interesting and insightful. In feedback that we have gathered from sessions, we found that citizens really valued and gained a great deal from having our experts in the room.” 

Experts on tap, not on top – RSA (thersa.org)


“Democracy cannot dominate every domain – that would destroy expertise – and expertise cannot dominate every domain – that would destroy democracy.”

Harry Collins and Robert Evans The big idea: should scientists run the country? | Science | The Guardian


“As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.”

Carl Rogers



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