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Promoting Citizens' Assemblies Seminar

Building Political Will for Lottery-Selected Panels in Your Community

A How-To Guide


Become a super advocate for game-changing democracy innovation! Hone your advocacy skills and strengthen your confidence in talking to local government staff and elected officials about citizens' assemblies (lottery-selected panels). In this workshop, we’ll walk through our favorite tools and strategies for local movement building:

● how to approach elected officials and staff, including what we’ve found works best,

● the language we use and the language we avoid – and why,

● the questions we ask public officials first, and the green flags (and red flags) we look for in a new contact,

● the questions we receive most frequently and how we answer them,

● our best responses to common criticisms (and brainstorm your own!), and

● the steps between first contact and program launch.

We’ll also review our repository of materials, including:

● the best explainer videos, mini-documentaries, and testimonial videos we know of,

● the best reports and research for introducing lottery-selected democracy to a novice local government audience, and

● Healthy Democracy’s informational packet, outlining possible process types and their associated costs, advantages, and disadvantages.

This Zoom-based seminar will happen on two Saturdays, 4 hours each for a total of 8 hours. It is scheduled for 9 am to 1 pm Pacific (Noon to 4 pm Eastern) on Saturday, February 11 and Saturday, February 25. The seminar is co-sponsored by Healthy Democracy and Democracy Without Elections.

The cost is three self-selected levels. Pay what you can afford. If $49 is too much, contact us and we will work something out.