A Citizens’ Assembly brings a randomly selected, representative group of people together to deliberate and make policy decisions.
Nine reasons to hold a Citizens' Assembly
(and here's one more)
People trust the outcomes as decisions are made by ‘people like me’.
(adopted from the Sortition Foundation)
Randomly selecting participants gives every person an equal chance of being selected, regardless of age, gender, location or any other characteristic.
Hundreds of examples from around the world have shown that citizens’ assemblies work. Research shows that diverse groups of people are better decision-makers than homogenous groups.
People develop an informed, critical understanding of complex policy decisions, hearing from and questioning a variety of experts and stakeholders.
They increase the diversity of voices in the decision-making process, allowing very different people to find common ground by focusing on wider community needs.
They open up the space for change when tackling ‘wicked problems’ where interest or community groups are blocking progress. They give decision-makers increased confidence that they have broad public support for a proposal.
You will be at the forefront of democratic innovation and citizen empowerment and engagement.
Using stratified random selection and a clear, open process reduces the influence of vested interests — you will not be engaging with the ‘usual suspects’.
Assembly members work together to identify the pros, cons and trade-offs of policy options, giving you high-quality public judgements backed by considered, easily understood reasons
They increase the legitimacy of public policy-making by enabling a representative cross-section of people to inform the decision.