Will citizen’s assemblies succeed where politicians fail? In a citizens’ assembly, members of the public find solutions to the toughest political challenges, like climate change.

I’m convinced we need a change of democracy. The power of money is overwhelmingly controlling. Even within governments that cannot directly be called corrupt. Bottom-up initiatives are making visible what people really want. And their ways of dealing with diversity is growing beautifully.

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Diversity rules. But how do we ethically govern diversity? Picture: Gordon Johnson via Pixabay

US think tank Freedom House is not the only one worried about COVID’s challenges to democracy and human rights. Can citizens’ assemblies change the course?

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