Citizen’s Juries & Assemblies
Peter Bryant, from Shared Futures CIC, will be presenting the CiC’s work running citizen’s juries for local authorities in Lancaster and Leeds, and Cllr Tom Hayes, deputy leader of Oxford City Council, will share his council’s experience of a citizens assembly.
This session will cover how citizens’ assemblies and juries work, and the benefits they bring to climate action. When done well, commissioning a citizens’ assembly or jury can be truly transformative for the commissioning body, the participants, and for the wider public. They can create a robust mandate for politicians to take action. They can improve trust between citizen and government, produce better and fairer policies and act as a catalyst for better partnership working amongst the range of organisations that may have a role to play in addressing the climate emergency.
There has been a flourishing of citizens’ assemblies on climate change in the UK, with many local authorities commissioning local assemblies and juries, often as a follow up to declaring a ‘climate emergency’.
Typically assemblies and juries bring together between 20 and 150 members of the public to deliberate for over 25 hours. The members are
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