Our Work

Our network and its members are deepening democracy and addressing diverse issues all around the world.

Our Approach

Although the specific practices and processes used vary between our members and in different contexts, we are united in that:
  1. We randomly select participants to achieve a group that broadly reflects the diverse demographics and perspectives of the community, region, or society in question
  2. We give participants access to quality, balanced information and a mix of relevant experts
  3. We help participants deliberate about the issue in question and work through their differences with the help of skilled facilitators

Frequently Asked Questions

To form a group of people that genuinely reflects the broader population. We don’t want to only hear from the loudest, most active voices, we want to hear from people from all walks of life. The easiest way it to select participants randomly.

By using stratified sampling techniques, we can ensure that participants reflect the demographics of their population, such as gender, ethnicity, age, and income. There is also growing awareness that diverse groups make better decisions.

Yes. When you give a diverse group of people access to quality, balanced information, sufficient time, and skilled facilitators, they can find common ground and make sound recommendations on even the most complex policy issues.

Everyday people in our members’ projects have weighed in intelligently on the financial plans of large cities, the location of a new hospital, and how to deal with nuclear waste.

From the very start of the process, we engage stakeholders and interest groups from all parts of policy issue in question – even those who are in direct opposition.

We then invite these diverse stakeholders to vet the materials given to the participants and the experts who will present to participants, until we arrive at a process that everyone agrees is fair and impartial. We also provide skilled, independent facilitators to ensure that participants find their own way.

This has worked even with some of the most polarized policy issues, such as abortion.

Yes. Time and again our processes are well received by the public for two reasons:

  1. The process has been shown to be impartial
  2. Members of the public can see that those making the recommendation are everyday citizen just like them and have dedicated considerable time deliberating together to reach agreement

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