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Use Randomly Selected Citizen Deliberative Councils to tap the collective wisdom of We the People

Ad hoc, randomly selected, well-informed citizen deliberative councils like Citizens Juries, Citizen Assemblies, and Consensus Conferences have been used hundreds of times around the world to provide policy guidance to public officials and the citizenry. The U.S. lags far behind in their use. These similar approaches all enable a microcosm of a country or community to generate informed public judgment about specific ...more »

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A national citizens' assembly to represent the people's wisdom

A citizen's assembly (CA) is a randomly selected body of several hundred people, brought together to serve a single term on a single issue and then disbanded. The CA has three phases: 1. Intensive information gathering: participants get up to speed on the issue and have the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of witnesses who have relevant information. 2. Dialogue and deliberation: participants build trust first ...more »

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