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ON THE BASIS OF KNOWLEDGE: The possibilities of the Citizens' Assembly

INNOVATION / What are "civic assemblies" as political tools? They are now used to ensure a universal consensus and propose solutions that everyone will perceive as meaningful – even in times of crisis.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

The sun is shining for a moment. At the Ministry of the Environment in Prague, the window sills are thoroughly cleaned, and signs are put up telling where the protesters can leave dirty glasses and plates, thermoses, sleeping bags and backpacks. The area has been occupied for several days after the blockade in front of the ministry. Every evening, pedagogical lectures are held on climate issues, but there is also a program with cultural elements.

I meet two members of the Extinction Rebellion, Andrej Lizon and Eduard Gemis, who have long explored various forms of civic assembly. Such assemblies seem to be an appropriate tool for reaching agreement on issues that divide society, where political and social agreement seems inconceivable. Lizon will give a lecture on the citizens' assembly as part of the blockade's program.

He opens the laptop and shows me the structure. . .

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Andrea Culková
Culkova is a well-known documentary filmmaker from Prague, Czech Republic, and politically active.

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