Herefordshire Citizens’ Climate Assembly
Some four years ago, there was a lot of talk about ‘refreshing’ our approaches to democracy:
Including on the VGS Futures Forum pages:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and how the Irish referendum’s “deliberative democracy” countered fake factsAnd including at local government level – and the need to do something about it:
Back in 2015, the then-district government had a little dalliance with such ideas, but they didn’t amount to much:
But there seems to be a recent resurgence of interest – and globally, with this from last week in Malaysia:
I’ve been thinking about how to make those victorious politicians accountable for their actions or inaction (those whom we rarely see after they’ve won). We ought to institutionalise a proper feedback channel like a citizens’ assembly to air our thoughts to lawmakers.
The deliberative democracy model that’s being practised in the Ostbelgien German-speaking region of eastern Belgium is worth adopting so that we won’t be fooled once every five years.
Also known as sortition, it’s an ancient practice of randomly selecting citizens to participate in legislative citizen assemblies to voice out their thoughts and suggestions.
Under this form of deliberative democracy, deliberation will be central to decision-making as it adopts elements of consensus decision-making and majority rule for problem-solving. These assemblies can provide the necessary checks and balances on politicians.
And from earlier this year in the United States:
Meanwhile, experiments are happening in local government here in the UK: