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Citizens' assemblies: the better way to do democracy

Democracy is in trouble. People don't trust politicians and they don't trust the decisions politicians make. Perhaps because those elected to represent us are not like us. Or perhaps because politicians are constrained by powerful vested interests, media conglomerates, party factions and highly ideological party members.

Whatever the reason, luckily there is a better way to do democracy: by citizens’ assembly.

But what is a citizens' assembly and how do they work?

Find out more below. Find out why governments in countries all over the world are using citizens' assemblies, what a citizens' assembly is, how citizens' assemblies work, where they are happening, and much more!

Why citizens’ assemblies?

Everyday people - not politicians - should decide how we live together.

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Why Citizens' Assemblies? The 10 Best Reasons

What is a citizens’ assembly?

With people just like you and me.

A citizens' assembly brings together a broadly representative bunch of people, selected by lottery, to decide how we should live together. It's really that simple.

How does a citizens' assembly work?

It’s not rocket science.

Take a look at the easy to understand, step by step guides. All the details for those who want even more.

  1. Select a broadly representative bunch of people by lottery.
  2. Bring them together in an assembly, typically at small tables or groups, and let everyone have their say.
  3. Have those most knowledgable about, or affected by, the issue address the assembly, bringing in diverse viewpoints and proposals.
  4. Get the participants to discuss, listen and talk to each other – and give reasons for their opinions.
  5. Decide! On what is the best way forward.

Where are citizens' assemblies happening?

The OECD has recorded hundreds of citizens' assemblies (and similar events) that have happened in the last few years.

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