Learn more about Citizens’ Assemblies

A Citizens’ Assembly brings a randomly selected, representative group of people together to make political decisions.

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 is a Citizens' Assembly, 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 randomly selected, broadly representative bunch of people 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 the answers.

  1. Randomly select a broadly representative bunch of people.
  2. Bring them together in an assembly, typically at small tables or groups, with a neutral facilitator in each group.
  3. Have experts and others address the assembly to make sure everyone is aware of the facts, diverse viewpoints, and the proposed options.
  4. Get the participants to deliberate, 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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