Interactive Workshop on Citizens’ Assemblies

Posted on April 25, 2022

Bard College CA training

In person on campus at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Full scholarships including travel stipends available

How can government regain trust, solve thorny policy issues, and de-escalate tensions between polarized citizens? This July, join a cohort of 30 local government officials for a hands-on practical workshop on Citizens’ Assemblies (CAs) with the world’s leading expert practitioners. You will gain access to a well-resourced network of policymakers looking to deepen citizen engagement and find innovative policy solutions. The cost of the workshop is $500. A limited number of full fellowships are available to cover the full cost of the workshop, travel and housing.

CAs are also referred to as “civic lotteries” or “policy juries” because they bring together a diverse and representative sample of a group of citizens to deliberate and make policy recommendations. Lottery-based processes have led to policy breakthroughs in Texas, Ireland and elsewhere around controversial topics such as transitioning to renewable energy, abortion and marriage equality. In Australia and Canada, civic lotteries are used in zoning and transportation planning. National climate assemblies have occurred in France, UK & Spain.
All are welcome to apply, but government officials will be prioritized. To learn more or apply, visit our website or reach out to Philip Lindsay at [email protected].


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