Citizens' assembly

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A citizens' assembly is a body formed from the citizens of a state, or locality to deliberate on an issue or issues of national importance. The membership of a citizens' assembly is randomly selected, as in other forms of sortition.

The purpose is to employ a cross-section of the public to study the options available to the state on certain questions and to propose answers to these questions through rational and reasoned discussion and the use of various methods of inquiry such as directly questioning experts. In many cases, the state will require these proposals to be accepted by the general public through a referendum before becoming law.

The citizens’ assembly aims to reinstall trust in the political process by taking direct ownership of decision-making. To that end, citizens' assemblies intend to remedy the "divergence of interests" that arises between elected representatives and the electorate, as well as "a lack in deliberation in legislatures." W

Climate assembly[edit | edit source]

The term is used here to mean any citizens assembly considering, either exclusively or otherwise, a response to climate change or climate emergency.

See also: List of climate assemblies

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How to's[edit | edit source]

  • Climate Assemblies, Democracy in action. Includes guides to help start a climate assembly on a local level.

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Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • The Extinction Rebellion Guide to Citizens' Assemblies [1]
  • Basic Standards for Organising Citizens’ Assemblies, May 22, 2019 Extinction Rebellion

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2021

  • The Scottish Citizens Assembly has concluded - and one of its big proposals is a "House of Citizens", as a second chamber for Holyrood, Feb 8 [1]

2020

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If democracy looks doomed, Extinction Rebellion may have an answer, John Harris, Aug 30 [2] ...Community involvement UK news

Could the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland change how politics is done for good? Mar 20 [3] ...Scotland news

2019

When a neighbourhood assembly becomes a community by @kahui, Dec 16 [4] ...Camden

Sep 14 Camden: How do we discover what matters most to people to help them thrive? noelito. Sep 14 [5] ...Camden

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Citizens' assembly W includes sections on disadvantages as well as advantages.

Participatory democracy W

Deliberative democracy W

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