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Guest Post: Reflections on Citizens’ Assemblies

By Dr. Roslyn Fuller I grew up in rural, relatively sparsely populated Canada, and perhaps because of that one thing that I’ve never fully adjusted to is how many people there are in the world. Ten thousand people, a hundred thousand people, ten million people. Any...

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Guest Post: What might a Citizens’ Assembly look at next?

By Robin Wilson Now that we’ve realised the first citizens’ assembly in Northern Ireland, which took place in Belfast last month, why stop at one? The Citizens’ Assembly in the republic is itself a sequel to the Constitutional Convention, building on the success of...

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A journey from learning to deliberation and decision making

An insight into Weekend 2 of the Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland Kaela Scott As 75 members of the Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland converged on the Europa Hotel on Friday 16 November for their second weekend, there was a real buzz in the room – members...

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Guest Post: When Citizens Assemble

by David McBurney I had read about Assemblies in Ireland, Canada and the Netherlands that had successfully placed the citizen at the heart of decision-making, so I was excited to see how an exercise in deliberative democracy closer to home would work in practice. The...

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