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Democracy? Experiencing a People’s Assembly

26. March | 10:00 - 13:00

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Discussing our future together? Brainstorming ideas to prevent upcoming catastrophes? Democratically deciding on the planet our children will live in? The concept of the citizens’ assembly tackles exactly such processes, most known from France’s Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat deliberating recommendations on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 40 percent by 2030 “in the spirit of social justice.” (https://europeanclimate.org/a-tale-of-two-citizens-assemblies/ ).


As citizen’s’ assemblies are part of a participatory democracy, they are processes by which citizens make political decisions. A representative panel of society learns in depth about the issues to be addressed, listens to experts and various stakeholders and then deliberate collectively to finally issue recommendations and take (legally binding) decisions that will then be implemented by the authorities.


Following up on our orientation of the participants to the Citizens’ Assembly concept in the Pre-Assembly event we will organize the firsthand experience of People’s Assembly in collaboration with Extinction Rebellion Geneva. Participants will among other experience the opportunities of safe spaces where every voice is heard (https://rebellion.global/about-us/), participatory democratic decision making (https://citizens-democracy.ch/), and regenerative cultures. (https://ausrebellion.earth/docs/Regen101.pdf). Participants have the opportunity to experience first-hand the new democratic processes evolving around a provocative question which will blur the line between academia and action on climate.


Due to the fact that the participants will not be randomly picked amongst the population, the event will be a People’s Assembly. The event will start with a short introduction of the Citizens’ Assembly concept, followed by a crisp expert panel of environmentalists and environmental decision makers as well as authorities that face environmental civil disobedience movements. Workshops will follow as the groups break into small English-speaking and French-speaking breakout rooms, where they will have facilitated in-depth discussions about the means of civil disobedience for diverse climate actions. The event ends with a feedback and a debriefing of the experience of the horizontal decision making process on making a change for the climate.


Moderator: Khaliun Purevsuren and Tobias Drilling, IHEID students

Speakers: 6 experts from academia, government and environmental movements and breakout room trained facilitators from the Extinction Rebellion


26. March
10:00 - 13:00
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Graduate Institute Geneva (Online)
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Geneva, Geneva Switzerland
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