Events

29.11.2021
17:30 Uhr

Leipzig

Citizens' assemblies bring a breath of fresh air into politics and society

Location: Denkmalwerkstatt / Stiftung Friedliche Revolution, Kupfergasse 2, 04109 Leipzig

In November, the Bürgerrecht.Akademie will discuss Article 29.6 of the German constitution, which describes various instruments of direct democracy.

Many people in Saxony are dissatisfied and distrustful of politics. They do not feel seen and represented. They demand more say. In addition to the well-known instruments such as referendum and popular consultation, there is also the participation concept of citizens' assemblies. In 2019, the very first Germany-wide citizens' assembly even met in Leipzig.

Citizens' assemblies can advise parliamentary politics with proposals on specific and contentious issues. But how does a randomly selected citizens' assembly actually work? Can citizens' assemblies actually lead to more satisfaction with politics? Are the decisions of the citizens' assembly accepted by politicians at all? Are all strata and groups represented in the citizens' assembly? Are these representatives competent at all? And what if the decision is unexpected?

All these questions will be answered in the introductory lecture by Ralf-Uwe Beck, spokesperson for the federal board of Mehr Demokratie. This will be followed by a joint talk and discussion.

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01.12.2021
19:00 Uhr

Osnabrück

Climate Assembly - Process and Results

Location: University of Osnabrück, Building 1/HVZ, Lecture hall 01/E1, Kolpingstr. 7, 49076 Osnabrück

"To ensure the preservation of the livelihoods of all people, the 1.5 degree target is non-negotiable." This is one of the guiding principles of the German Climate Assembly, which came to an end on 23 June 2021. As part of the Citizens' Assembly, 160 randomly selected people from all over Germany had deliberated in twelve online sessions on climate policy recommendations to the Bundestag and the Federal Government. The result is numerous concrete proposals to politicians.

The Citizens' Assembly's recommendations have been incorporated into a citizens' report that was handed over to top politicians of all democratic parties represented in the Bundestag on 15 September 2021.

Nicole Hartmann from the Climate Assembly coordination team will report on the procedures and results of assembly in a lecture in the Climate Change and Climate Protection series of Scientists for Future.

The lecture will take place with free admission in lecture hall 01/E1. 2-G rules apply (proof required). A recording will be made available later on the YouTube channel of the University of Osnabrück.

Read more: Climate Assembly Germany

01.12.2021
21:30 Uhr

Online

America in One Room: Climate and Energy - Discussion of Results from a National Deliberative Poll

Location: Zoom video conferencing platform,

America in One Room: Climate and Energy was the largest controlled experiment with in-depth deliberation ever held in the US. It addressed the question: What would the American public really think about our climate and energy challenges if it had the chance to deliberate about them in depth, with good and balanced information?

If the American people - or in this case, a representative sample of them - could consider the pros and cons of our different energy options, which would they support? Which would they cut back on? What possible paths to Net Zero would seem plausible to them? Which proposals would they resist? Can the public arrive at solutions to our climate and energy dilemmas that transcend our great divisions, especially our deep partisan differences? Can they also find common ground across differences in age, race, and region?

These and other questions will be discussed on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 9:30-11:00 p.m. CET

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06.12.2021
17:00 Uhr

Online

For a Permanent EU Citizens' Assembly: Why, When, How?

Location: Online,

We have been witnessing an impressive increase in the use of stratified randomly selected Citizens' Assemblies across the world in the last decade. This "deliberative wave" has now arrived in the EU, which for the first time in history is systematically applying such methods within the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

In fact, the four European Citizens' Assemblies (here called Citizens' Panels) with 800 randomly selected citizens from across the EU are a key pillar in the Conference architecture. But what comes next? Do we need to make such EU Citizens' Assembly permanent? And if so, how should it be designed to become a truly efficient and meaningful instrument of transnational deliberative democracy? What can we learn from the many prior experiences in this vein, such as the French Citizens' Convention on Climate, the permanent Citizens Dialogue in Eastern-Belgium or the Irish Citizens' Assembly model?

The EUI-STG Democracy Forum has been investigating these questions along side the Conference on the Future of Europe and is eager to exchange on this prospect with a broader public.

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09.12.2021
17:00 Uhr

Online

KNOCA social gathering - what are climate assemblies for?

Location: Zoom video conferencing platform,

Join the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA) with a drink of your choice to meet other members of the network, celebrate the end of the year and consider the vexing question of what climate assemblies are for. What do we expect from climate assemblies? What should we expect from climate assemblies?

No preparation required - just the usual warm heartedness and a longing to talk to others about climate assemblies.

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10.12.2021
18:00 Uhr

Online

Network meeting of local citizens' assembly initiatives

Location: Zoom video conferencing platform,

In Germany, a growing number of initiatives are committed to introducing citizens' assemblies in their cities and municipalities. Every four weeks, representatives of these initiatives meet to exchange information online about their current activities and to discuss a focus topic.

The next meeting will take place on 10 December 2021 from 18 - 19:30. The main topic is citizens' assemblies as a permanent instrument of democracy in cities and municipalities.

Please send registrations to info@buergerrat.de

Overview: Local Citizens' Assemblies and Citizens' Assembly-Initiatives in Germany

Vernetzung

03.02.2022
19:00 Uhr

Cologne

When democracy rolls the dice - more citizen participation through citizens' assemblies?

Location: Melanchthon Akademie, Kartäuserwall 24b, 50678 Cologne

Many people would like to participate in political decision-making, but are often dissatisfied with the current possibilities. Since spectacular randomly selected citizens' assemblies on issues such as abortion and marriage rights for homosexual couples in Ireland, democracy by sortition has enjoyed growing popularity not only there.

In recent years, such citizens' assemblies have been held in a number of countries from the municipal to the national level. In Cologne, the Greens, CDU and Volt have agreed to use citizens' assemblies to advise the city council on important decisions. In 2022, the city wants to convene a citizens' assembly for the first time.

Since last summer, the initiative "Zukunftsrat Köln" has been campaigning for the regular use of sortition. As an active member of the initiative, citizens' assembly expert Thorsten Sterk provides information on the procedure and practice of randomly selected citizens' assemblies. On behalf of the Office for Public Participation of the City of Cologne, its head Dr. Rainer Heinz presents the city's citizens' assembly plans.

08.02.2022
19:00 Uhr

Cologne

Shaping the city with sortition?

Location: Haus der Architektur, Josef-Haubrich-Hof, 50676 Cologne

Chance had a hand in shaping the surroundings of the town hall and Gürzenich in Cologne. In 1979, 250 Cologne residents randomly selected from the residents' register developed proposals on infrastructure, town hall use, culture, housing and transport in ten planning cells. The city council and administration were so enthusiastic about the recommendations that they implemented them.

Despite this success story, sortition led a shadowy existence in Germany for a long time. It was only after spectacular citizens' assemblies on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage in Ireland that this instrument of democracy achieved a breakthrough.

Citizens' assemblies are also being used more and more at the local level. Particularly often, the issue is local climate protection. The question: What measures do people recommend that reflect the population according to criteria such as age, gender, education, place of residence and migration background?

Climate protection is also an important topic in Cologne. Could a citizens' assembly bring progress? Thorsten Sterk from the association "Mehr Demokratie" reports on the procedure and practice of sortition. On behalf of the Office for Public Participation of the City of Cologne, its head Dr. Rainer Heinz presents the city's citizens' assembly plans.

10.02.2022
09:30 Uhr

Munich

Dynamic Facilitation - Conflict Facilitation of a Special Kind

Location: K4 KommunizierBar, Pasinger Bahnhofsplatz 4, 81241 Munich

Dynamic Facilitation is a facilitation method for complex issues. Such situations occur frequently, especially in times of upheaval, uncertainty and change. Crises and conflicts are also typical areas of application for Dynamic Facilitation. The method is also used with citizens' assemblies.

In this 3-day seminar you will learn how to apply Dynamic Facilitation in practice and how to master the "dance between the four flipcharts". Theory, practical application and reflection on what you have learned alternate in learning and experiencing the methodology during the three days of the seminar. After the seminar, you will be able to apply Dynamic Facilitation and know about terms such as "Choice Creating" and "We-Flection".

The 3-day seminar teaches basics, attitude and technique, Deep Listening: from Sympathetic Listening to Empathic Listening, Choice-Creating, Brain-On-Loan and We-Flection. Dynamic Facilitation for large groups: Wisdom Council Process (Council of the Wise / Citizens' Assembly), Creative Insight Council.

Price: 980 € plus VAT, repeater: 480 € plus VAT.
Those who have already completed a 3-day seminar with a Certified DF Teacher can participate in this seminar as a repeater at half price.

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19.05.2022
09:30 Uhr

Berlin

Dynamic Facilitation - Conflict Facilitation of a Special Kind

Location: Berlin,

Dynamic Facilitation is a facilitation method for complex issues. Such situations occur frequently, especially in times of upheaval, uncertainty and change. Crises and conflicts are also typical areas of application for Dynamic Facilitation. The method is also used with citizens' assemblies.

In this 3-day seminar you will learn how to apply Dynamic Facilitation in practice and how to master the "dance between the four flipcharts". Theory, practical application and reflection on what you have learned alternate in learning and experiencing the methodology during the three days of the seminar. After the seminar, you will be able to apply Dynamic Facilitation and know about terms such as "Choice Creating" and "We-Flection".

The 3-day seminar teaches basics, attitude and technique, Deep Listening: from Sympathetic Listening to Empathic Listening, Choice-Creating, Brain-On-Loan and We-Flection. Dynamic Facilitation for large groups: Wisdom Council Process (Council of the Wise / Citizens' Assembly), Creative Insight Council.

Price: 980 € plus VAT, repeater: 480 € plus VAT.
Those who have already completed a 3-day seminar with a Certified DF Teacher can participate in this seminar as a repeater at half price.

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