Citizens' Assemblies Discover democracy that works

What is a citizens’ assembly?

A citizens’ assembly is a new form of democracy which allows to make decisions at a city, national or even at the international level. A citizens’ assembly is a randomly selected group of residents according to the demographic criteria such as gender and age. It constitutes a city or a country in miniature.

A role of a citizens’ assembly is an in-depth analysis of a given issue, a deliberation over different solutions, hearing of the pros and cons, and then, making informed decisions.

Marcin Gerwin’s guide is a step-by-step presentation of how to organise a citizens’ assembly, with the primary focus on the city level.

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Why organize citizens’ assemblies?

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High-quality decisions developed with involvement of citizens.

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Common good is at the heart of the process.

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Decisions are developed by an independent group of citizens, thanks to the process of random selection.

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Decisions are made after learning about the issue and listening to people with diverse perspectives. The process includes deliberation phase and consultations with experts.

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High level of consent for decisions made – at least 80 percent support of the citizens’ assembly.

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The process of organizing a citizens’ assembly encourages institutions and organizations to search for solutions and to prepare their recommendations.

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New possibilities and solutions may appear thanks to the nature of the process, which involves presentation of a wide range of views and perspectives.

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It is a transparent way of making decisions.

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