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Global Citizens’ Assembly Network


Past Events

  • #4 DOCKING. How can global citizens’ assemblies make an impact on global governance?

    Much has been said about the importance, potential, and urgency of bringing citizen voices directly to the global governance stage. But how exactly can this happen? What role should global citizens’ assemblies play in the crowded scene of international organisations and transnational activism? This session explores ideas, recipes, and strategies to create pathways to impact from global citizen deliberation to institutions of global governance, and the challenges that come associated with them.

    Join Aish Machani (Iswe Foundation/GloCAN), Camille Dobler and Antoine Vergne (Missions Publiques), and Nicole Curato (University of Canberra/GloCAN) to discuss pathways to  institutionalisation and challenges for impact.

    This seminar session will take place on Thursday, June 27th, 12 Noon-13 CEST. Please register using the link below.

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  • #3 GROUNDING. How can global citizens’ assemblies connect to local contexts?

    Citizen assemblies are generally based on a civic lottery, or sortition - a process that draws individuals from a demographically representative pool. Critical voices have raised issues with the conceptual and practical aspects of this seemingly ‘individualised’ form of representation and participation. Can global assemblies create connections between assembly members and their communities? How can assembly members better represent their places of origin? What can global citizens’ assemblies learn from transnational social movements? 

    Join Susan Lee (Stanford University), Andrea Felicetti (Università di Padova), and Lucas Veloso (UFMG/GloCAN) as they approach both the theoretical and practical implications of these questions. 

    This seminar session will take place on Thursday, June 20th, 12 Noon-13 CEST. Please register using the link below.

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  • #2 GOVERNING. Can a global citizens’ assembly be organised democratically?

    How are citizens’ assemblies run? Can, and should, the principles of participatory and deliberative democracy be applied to how these processes are internally organised? This seminar draws on GloCAN research spanning local and national assemblies in three continents, and the case of the Global Assembly. We invite the audience to discuss internal governance and accountability, relations among stakeholders, and the internal institutionalisation of how deliberation is delivered.

    Join Melisa Ross (Universität Bremen/GloCAN), Flynn Devine (2021 Global Assembly), and Rikki Dean (Goethe Universität Frankfurt/GloCAN) as they tackle these complex questions.

    This seminar session will take place on Thursday, June 13th, 12 Noon-13 CEST. Please register using the link below.

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  • #1 CONVENING. Who sets the agenda in global citizen deliberation?

    How are the topic and remit of transnational citizens’ assemblies set? How should they be? This seminar invites speakers to reflect on GloCAN research on the agenda-setting process of transnational deliberation, be it initiated by governments, civil society, or the private sector. We invite speakers and the audience to further discuss how transnational processes are organised in practice, identifying the factors and strategies shaping the questions that assembly members are then invited to tackle. Can agenda setting be democratised? How?

    Join Canning Malkin (GloCAN), Kalypso Nicolaidis (EUI/Democratic Odyssey), and Felipe Rey (iDeemos/GloCAN) in this stimulating conversation.

    This seminar session will take place on Thursday, June 6th, 12 Noon-13 CEST. Please register using the link below.

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  • Embedding Global Citizens’ Assemblies: A Bottom-Up Perspective from Mozambican Rural Communities

    Join us for an engaging roundtable that explores the integration of global citizens' assemblies into local community dynamics in Mozambique. We'll examine their impact, mobilization potential, and the necessary governance to root these assemblies at the local level.
    The discussion will feature insights from Amiltone Luis (RADEZA/GloCAN) and Lucas Veloso (UFMG/GloCAN), presenting their research on the Global Assembly's impact on rural communities. Contributions will also be made by Melisa Ross (University of Bremen/GloCAN), Daniel Maula (Director of RADEZA), and Zambezia platform organization representatives (PRODEA, MMR, MULABA, and AMDER) reflecting on governance and community engagement.
    The event is scheduled for January 19 from 9:00 to 11:35 AM (Mozambique Time) / 8:00 to 10:35 AM (CET). It will be in a hybrid format, conducted in Portuguese, and chaired by RADEZA, a Mozambican non-governmental network committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable community development.
  • Democratising transnational deliberation from inside: Challenges and strategies

    Please join us for a roundtable discussion about the internal governance of transnational deliberation processes. We will debate the specific challenges, creative responses, and pathways towards more equitable and sustainable ways of organising global deliberation.

    Hazel Jovita (Mindanao State University) will kick us off with a brief presentation of our Technical Paper on effective and accountable governance of transnational deliberation, followed by reflections by Jayne Carrick (KNOCA, University of Sheffield), Claire Mellier (Iswe Foundation, Global Assembly) and Lucy Parry (Deliberative Integrity Project), and an open discussion with the audience. GloCAN’s co-lead Nardine Alnemr (University of Canberra) will chair the roundtable.

    Everyone is welcome to join the conversation on December 6th, we will start at Noon CET.

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  • Transnational citizens' assemblies: Whose voice, whose agenda?

    Please join the Global Citizens' Assembly Network for a presentation and discussion by Franziska Maier and Canning Malkin on agenda-setting in transnational and global citizens' assemblies on 21 November, 2023 at 15:00 CET/09:00 EST.

    Studying the agenda-setting practices of the European Citizens' Consultations (2006), the Conference on the Future of Europe (2021), the Global Assembly (2021), and the Global Citizens' Assembly on Genome Editing (ongoing), we will introduce a preliminary analysis of how these four large-scale deliberative events originated their agendas and to what extent citizens were a part of that process.

    We look forward to discussing challenges, prospects and pathways for agenda-setting in multinational deliberative events with all interested.

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