We help decision makers take hard decisions and build public trust.

The Challenge

With outdated tools, eroding public trust and pressure for quick fixes, it’s hard for governments to make wise long-term decisions.

Our Approach

We empower diverse groups of citizens to reach informed judgements and share decisions with governments.

We achieve this with deep democratic practices such as random selection (sortition) and deliberation.

Anyone facing election cannot ignore public opinion. Our models offer something better: public judgment.

Our Impact

Our members have helped governments from the local to the global generate trust, understanding, and solutions to some of the most challenging problems.

We’re bringing everyday people back into public decision making.

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Project Spotlight:

Citizens‘ Assembly on Democratic Reform

During two weekends in September 2019, a diverse group of 160 randomly-selected Germans discussed how Germany can overcome declining voter turnout and dissatisfaction with politics – especially among low-income, and educationally disadvantaged citizens. Their 22 recommendations included complementing parliamentary systems with elements of citizens’ participation and direct democracy.

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Our Reach

We are 85 organizations and individuals in 30 countries on 6 continents. And growing…

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A group of representative people of any community can be entrusted to make sound decisions and sound judgments when properly informed.

Graeme Emonson

Executive Director
Local Government Victoria

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Learn from our members’ projects and experiences – as well as an inspiring list of books, videos and iconic articles.


We work with governments from the local to the global level. It all starts with a confidential conversation.

We are an international network of organizations, associations, and individuals that develop, implement, and promote ways to improve democracy, from the local to the global level.




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