Basic Standards for Organizing Citizens’ Assemblies

Written by Marcin Gerwin   1.Random selection of participants All members of a citizens’ assembly are selected by lot. Ideally, every member of the population eligible to take part in a citizens’ assembly should be able to potentially receive invitation to participate. 2.Demographic representation The composition of a citizens’ assembly should broadly match the demographic […]

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December 13, 2018

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Citizens’ Assemblies: Democracy that Works

Written by Marcin Gerwin. The following post is Chapter 1 of his new publication Citizen Assemblies: Guide to Democracy that Works. Imagine a group of people of different ages who meet in order to settle some matter important for a city, a country or for the European Union. This group was not selected through elections […]

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November 28, 2018

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Municipalism in Spain: From Barcelona to Madrid, and Beyond

  Written by Vicente Rubio-Pueyo. Originally published as a brochure by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung The 2017 Catalan independence referendum has been called “undemocratic,” a “power grab,” and even a “coup d’état” in international media. No matter the specific terminology, the referendum as well as the dispute over its democratic legitimacy indicate that Spanish political culture […]

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August 12, 2018

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Why the municipal movement must be internationalist

Article by Enric Bárcena, Xavi Ferrer, Laura Roth and TRISE member Kate Shea Baird, originally published in Spanish in Público.es on 21/12/16. The municipalist movements of the Spanish state can’t ignore the global crisis of neoliberalism. It’s up to us to stand up and defend our idea of bottom up, feminist and radically democratic change. […]

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“Fearless Cities” – a summit on the new municipalism, by Barcelona en Comú

  “Democracy was born at local level, and that’s where we can win it back.” Barcelona en Comú – the radical citizen platform currently running the city, invites to an international municipalist summit in June 9-11 called Fearless cities! The event will include debates and workshops on key policy areas and municipalist organizing. An excerpt from […]

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