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By Pete Lawrence, 27 December 2018 13:43
Yiannis Varoufakis "To be democratic, the People’s Debate must take place in regional assemblies, leading to a national convention, where a menu of options is finalized before the next House of Commons translates them into referendum questions...
Citizens’ assemblies have their roots in sortition – selecting citizens at random to fill public posts – which was once central to democracy
A polarised politics has prevented a civil and respectful debate about Brexit. Ireland shows deliberative democracy may help to break the deadlock
December 2018 : The non-party political event has been organised by new group Torridge Common Ground, which says it feels Torridge District Council is not heeding the concerns of its electors.
These forums are used around the world to solve political impasses – most recently in Ireland on abortion law. It should be Britain’s turn next
We are calling for the House of Lords to be replaced with a Citizens' House, amongst other things...
A DIY guide to creating independent politics
A Transparent Europe where all decision-making takes place under the citizens’ scrutiny..
Catherine Leonard is a recent graduate from Ulster University’s Master of Science degree in Communications and Public Relations and was one of the eighty members of the Citizens’ Assembly that met over two recent weekends on social care for the elderly
A future fantasy? Brett Hennig co-founded and directs the Sortition Foundation. He researches network forms of democracy and is the author of the book, "The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy"
"We urgently need innovative ways to resolve the referendum vote. Setting up a citizens’ assembly is the first step to break the impasse"
Calls are growing to convene a citizens’ assembly on Brexit. Here’s what you need to know
It appears that the demand for citizens’ assemblies is crossing cultural barriers and being promoted as the preferred democratic tool of a new generation of activists, Brett Hennig writes.
All Hands On is a documentary series about democracy. Its premise, and the motivation for making it, is that we do not live in a democracy. We like to think that we do. It is counterintuitive and challenging to even consider that we don’t.
With just two months until exit day, it remains unclear what form Brexit will take. Could citizens’ assemblies provide some of the answers to the questions politicians have yet to resolve? Alan Renwick outlines the scenarios ...
former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has outlined a possible way forward for Brexit, which would involve a significant postponement of exit day and might also include a second referendum.
Guardian / Leo Benedictus : They led to radical change in Ireland’s view on abortion and spurred Texas to get behind wind power. Could a group of ordinary people do for Brexit what Theresa May can’t?
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