Why should we use Citizens’ Assemblies? Ask the Citizens

Why should we use Citizens’ Assemblies? Ask the Citizens


I think the Citizens’ Assemblies have
shown that you can bring together a diverse group of people and given the
right structure, given the right environment and given the great
opportunities those individuals can come together and discuss different very complex matters and come to some very meaningful conclusions. One thing that was very good was having experts who came along and spoke for and against different
structures so for instance the devolution model, the elected mayor model. There was a lot of discussion here about the involvement of politicians and I think
they had a lot to learn from the process. It should have a huge impact, the
discussions have been wide-ranging and very interesting and I think our
conclusions have been quite important and should be taken note of by politicians. I think as someone that studies and researches deliberative democracy, I
was really impressed the the kind of high quality debate and discussions that
came out of it. Just shows that people are more than capable of understanding it and more than capable of becoming interested in it and even more than that it showed
that people are interested in talking about politics in general and there’s an
appetite for doing politics a more deliberative way. I did enjoy it, I’ve met
some lovely people of widely varying opinions and views and it’s just
been very interesting. It’s been fantastic getting together with members
of both assemblies here in Windsor they’ve said they’ve had a chance to
grapple with the really big questions of where power lies in their area but now
they want that opportunity to be made available all over the country so that
it’s citizens deciding on the future of their democracy.

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