Citizens’ assemblies constitute a revolution in governance…but no bullets, no blood. It’s a revolution by conversation. The growing use of citizens’ assemblies around the world reduces the power of partisan politicians, and increases the thoughtful and collaborative influence of the citizenry. We can change the world. We need not wait for anyone’s permission.
Citizens’ assemblies represent a revolution by conversation, reducing the influence of partisan politics and increasing the opportunity for the citizenry to deal with society’s challenges.
I feel that my journey so far has been one long proof of the concept proposed by Ted Wachtel in his blog post, Revolution By Conversation: that We, The People can take back our peaceful, convivial way of life, but only if we are willing to do the difficult work of taking back our democracy through working toward True Representation. And that begins with having civil, respectful dialogue with each other.
There is a plethora of ideas among those of us who are interested in building a new reality, using strategies with different names and in different settings, but all with a common thread—an emphasis on opportunities for people to talk to each other.