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GLOBAL WEBINAR - Engaging The Electorate: Case Study British Columbia

  • Nov 14, 2013 · 2:30 PM
  • Online Meeting

Politicians at both national and local level are finding it increasingly difficult to engage communities and are looking for innovative ways to achieve this when interest in formal political structures has declined.

This webinar will look at one international innovation and ask what lessons it has for us both at national and local level.

The Citizen’s Assembly, British Columbia, Canada

The Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform was a body created by the government of British Columbia, Canada.

Its enacting legislation required that, “The Citizens’ Assembly is to be broadly representative of the adult population of British Columbia, particularly respecting age, gender, and geographical distribution.” to participate.

The BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform was composed 160 members, one man and one woman from each of BC’s 79 electoral districts, plus two Aboriginal members. Assembly members were selected by a civic lottery that ensured a gender balance and a fair representation of the province’s age and geographical distribution. Selecting members for the Assembly was a three-stage process:

Perry Walker will present this webinar. Perry is an innovator of participatory methods that anyone can use. Over the last ten years he has led the development of Democs, a conversation game, which provides a unique opportunity for small groups to find out about complex policy issues like climate change or nanotechnology, to shape and share their opinions, and to provide feedback for policymakers. Democs has been used by tens of thousands of people all over Europe.

Until 2011, he was head of the Democracy and Participation programme at nef (the new economics foundation). He now works mainly on developing two other approaches: and, a site that helps people grapple with complex ethical and political issues using 'argument maps'; and Crowd Wise, a method for consensus decision-making.

World Lecture Project

This is one of a series of webinar that we hope to present  and that will be global in scope. We will be presenting these in collaboration with the World Lecture Project an initiative to bring bring world lectures to a wider audience.

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  • John W.

    Very interesting - this was my first meeting and I was not expecting to feel so involved!

    November 14, 2013

  • Steve R.

    Inspired me to take a look on the web regarding localism, e.g.

    Good practice is out there already!

    A main issue is central (value driven) policy linked to localised deployment / investment on the ground.

    November 14, 2013

  • Steve R.

    Very good meeting - thank you

    November 14, 2013

  • Michael F.

    Hi Francis, Perry and everyone. Unfortunately I cannot attend this webinar. I wish an exciting webinar!

    November 14, 2013

  • Francis S.

    Just to remind you that our webinar on "Engaging The Electorate: Case Study British Columbia" is today at 2.30pm

    You can log on by click on the link at –

    - And this should take you right to the webinar platform. Try to get there about give minutes early so you can familiarise yourself with the system and of course you can check it out any time from now on.

    November 14, 2013

  • John W.

    Looking forward to it!

    November 13, 2013

  • Alia

    Did not realise we were so global!Amazing!

    November 13, 2013

  • Michael F.

    I collected some videos related to the theme here:

    November 13, 2013

  • Philip

    I think this would be interesting. My interest is in ways of starting a dialogue rather than debate as in the case with politics. People have different mindsets and thus have different frames of reference. Inequalities is becoming epidemic in industrial nationals when the gap between the haves and havenots is widening.

    November 5, 2013

    • Perry W.

      Hi Philip

      November 6, 2013

    • Perry W.

      Hi Philip - again. That's an interest of mine too. I've tackled by developing practical ways for that to happen. For instance, has 'conversation kits' that I developed on 20 different topics in 20 different languages. I'd much like to hear a bit more about you go about starting dialogue. All my best Perry

      November 6, 2013

  • Caroline P.

    May I listen in, please?

    November 5, 2013

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