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Citizens'conventions, taking democracy seriously (1/4)

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Published on Nov 4, 2019

Conventions de citoyens, prenons la démocratie au sérieux. (1/4)
Introduction by Aude Lapprand, Sciences Citoyennes; Patrick Bernasconi, CESE president; Norbert Steinhaus, Wissenchaft Bonn.

Citizens Assembly in Ireland; Emmanuel Macron’s announcement of a Convention Citoyenne on ecological transition; environmental organizations’ demands for a Citizen Assembly on climate and ecological justice; digital democracy promises... There are a number of demands for citizens’ voice to be at the heart of policy-making. However, what kind of participatory democracy procedure could best respond to this demand? What are the key conditions for such a procedure to be really democratic and take into account the informed view of citizens?
For more than ten years, Sciences Citoyennes and the Observatory of Participatory Practices within Research and Innovation have developed a detailed rigorous procedure that fosters informed expression of citizen opinions, based on multiple contradictory expertise. This method is named “Citizens’ Conventions”.
Giving voice to experts and stakeholders’ representatives, the conference Citizens’ Conventions, Taking Democracy Seriously will aim at introducing and discussing “Citizens’ Conventions”, as a mean of citizens’ participation in public debate, including on climate change mitigation and adaptation policy-making, within the framework of the European project TeRRIFICA – Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Fostering Innovative Climate Action.

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