Tue, 15 Oct 2019
17:45 - 19:15
National Democracy week 2019 is fast approaching and The Democratic Society (Demsoc) are getting involved by hosting an informative networking event at the Federation House on the subject of citizen's assemblies.
For the event itself, we will begin with a short video that explains what citizens’ assemblies are, followed by an informal ‘cafe-style’ discussion about offline and online deliberation processes. This will be a chance to come along, learn about citizens’ assemblies, network with others, and discuss democracy, decision making, and related approaches to tackling local and even national issues.
What are citizen's assemblies?
Citizens’ assemblies or people’s assemblies are a way of consulting the general public on controversial issues. A representative group of citizens or residents - often randomly selected through sortition - are invited to discuss an issue and to come up with a recommendation over a series of weekends. The participants hear from experts to make informed decisions on the issue, and are then invited to deliberate in groups - aided by impartial facilitators to eventually develop final recommendations.
Tea , Coffee and soft drinks will be provided as fitting with our cafe theme! We look forward to seeing you there.