Civic lottery and citizen agreement

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 decisions

Lyn Carson, newDemocracy Foundation

Our deliberative methodology includes

  • Groups of citizens selected through civic lottery to form a descriptive sample of the population.
  • Access to experts of all trends.
  • The use of facilitation techniques to reach agreements.

What do we achieve?

Involve people from diverse backgrounds who are not usually involved in public decision-making.
Combat misinformation in public opinion through informed discussion.
Help governments to address relevant and long-term decisions by building trust among citizens.

Our services

  • Co-design of participatory processes.
  • Specific training for the coordination, production and implementation of the processes.
  • Coordination, production and evaluation of participation.
  • Dissemination and research.


Conference on the future of Europe

Within a Consortium composed by Missions publiques, Danish Board of Technology, IFOK, other organisations and Deliberativa

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.

March 2021 - February 2022

Fòrum Jove BCN, deliberative assembly of young people in Barcelona

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?

April - December 2021

Besaya Citizens' Jury


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?

December 2020 - September 2021

Workshop about OECD’s deliberative principles

For: Generalitat de Catalunya

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.

25 November 2020

Missions Horizon Europe

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

28 July 2020

Yago Bermejo Abati

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 Mendiharat

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.

After many years co-creating and managing cultural projects linked to social transformation, she is now dedicated to the co-design and implementation of deliberative processes. She has advised different participatory processes involving citizens chosen by lottery, particularly the Observatory of the City in Madrid.

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: