Over the past few weeks, Melbourne, Australia-based Ron Lubensky has written an series of posts explaining the concept of a Citizens’ Assembly and defending it against unfounded criticism:
- July 23, 2010: Open letter to Julia Gillard, Prime Minister
- July 26, 2010: Assembled citizens make sense
- July 26, 2010: Another good op-ed supporting Citizens’ Assembly about climate policy
- July 26, 2010: What I think the Citizens’ Assembly should do…
- July 27, 2010: On collaborative learning and online deliberation…
- August 14, 2010: Labor MPs avoiding Citizens’ Assembly pitch
- August 27, 2010: The public appetite for public engagement
There’s a lot of advice in there! Take these recommendations to heart, and you should be ready to design your own citizens’ assembly in no time (well, almost).
For anyone interested in learning more, Participedia has an in-depth case study available about the 2004 British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform as well as one on the 2009 Australian Citizens’ Parliament, which Ron worked on at the time.