With access to sufficient information, and time, randomly selected citizens have demonstrated that they are very good critical thinkers. When part of a diverse group, they can, together, explore alternatives, make trade-offs and make excellent collective decisionsLyn Carson, newDemocracy Foundation
For: Generalitat de Valencia (Commissioner of the Presidency of the Generalitat for the Valencian Plan of Action for Mental Health, Drug Addiction and Addictive Behaviour) and University of Valencia
Consultancy on the design and implementation of a Citizens’ Convention composed of 70 citizens of the Valencian Community to answer the following question: How should mental health, drug dependence and addictive behaviours be addressed in the Valencian Region?
Recommendations report, april 2022
Lead Institutions: The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission
Process design and implementation, within the Conference on the Future of Europe, of 4 citizen panels of 200 people each; the members of the panels are chosen through a stratified lottery in the 27 countries of the European Union, and deliberate in 24 languages on 4 different themes during 3 weekends from September 2021 to February 2022 (here the 4 recommendations reports).
Subsequently, 80 citizen ambassadors from the 4 panels met in 7 working sessions with MEPs, national MPs and representatives of civil society, in the framework of the Conference Plenary. They worked on the recommendations to turn them into proposals presented to the European Parliament on 9 May 2022, in the presence of Ursula Van der Leyen, President of the Commission, Roberta Metsola, President of the Parliament, and Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.
For: Barcelona City Council, Department of Culture, Education, Science and Community, Units of Participation, Democratic Innovation and Youth
Consultancy on the design and implementation of a deliberative forum made up of 99 young people aged between 16 and 29 to answer the following question: As a young person living in Barcelona, what would you need to carry out your life project?
Documentary about the process (Catalan and Spanish), December 2021, 13 min.
Partner Institution: Government of Cantabria, Regional Ministry of Economy and Finance
Process design and advice on the implementation of a citizens’ jury composed of 35 people chosen by civic lottery among the population of 10 municipalities of the Besaya basin to answer the following question: How to use European funds in the Besaya area to create and maintain jobs while respecting the criteria of a just and inclusive ecological transition?
Co-design and facilitation of an online workshop to explore Good Practice Principles for Deliberative Processes for Public Decision Making published in June 2020 in an OECD report.
For: Danish Board of Technology and European Commission
Facilitation of an online one day event with 50 randomly selected Spanish citizens to recommend priorities to the Mission on Climate adaptation and societal transformation
Yago has been working on democratic participation projects for more than 10 years. He has experience in facilitation, process design and strategies for the use of democratic digital tools.
From 2016 to 2019 he was in charge of ParticipaLab, a democratic innovation laboratory at Medialab Prado, in coordination with the Participation Area of the Madrid City Council, where he has developed numerous projects related to Decide Madrid as well as the design of the City Observatory and the Madrid G1000, pioneering experiences in the use of civic lottery and deliberation in Spain.
Arantxa holds a degree in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, France, and a Masters in Cultural Management from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
She has devoted most of her professional career to the design and management of cultural projects linked to social transformation. She is now mainly dedicated to the co-design and implementation of deliberative processes in the framework of Deliberativa.
She is co-author with Ernesto Ganuza of the book La democracia es posible. Sorteo cívico y deliberación para rescatar el poder de la ciudadanía (2020, Consonni). Member of FIDE, Federation of Innovation in Democracy – Europe.
Deliberativa is part of Democracy R&D, an international network of more than 80 organisations and experts working with governments and supranational bodies on deliberative methodologies. We share in a very sustained way principles of good practice as well as innovative experiences that we design and put into practice. Pioneering organisations such as the newDemocracy Foundation in Australia and Mass LBP in Canada are active members of the network, as are the people and organisations that have put on the most important Citizens’ Assemblies in recent years in Ireland, France, Germany and the UK.
They are part of the Deliberativa Advisory Committee since 2021:
See these documents to learn more about how we work:
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