Citizens’ Assemblies and Beyond

As the Middle East war rages and democracies reel from populist and illiberal movements, I spent Friday and Saturday at the Hannah Arendt Center’s Democracy Innovation Workshop: Citizens’ Assemblies and Beyond. Organized by the Arendt Center’s Democracy Innovation Hub, the workshop gathered scholars, organizers, and government officials in New York City to learn about, explore and plan how to use deliberative democratic innovations to rethink and reinspire the tradition of American self-government. At a moment when hope is a rare word in politics, the growing interest in citizen assemblies offers real possibilities for a revival of empowered citizenship and meaningful self-government. 

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