Tired of divisive politics
that don't represent you?

Want to feel inspired and
hopeful for a change?

It's time for a

Citizens' Assembly

on

COVID-19

Tired of divisive politics that don't represent you?

Want to feel inspired and hopeful for a change?

It's time for a

Citizens' Assembly

on COVID-19

America's first national
Citizens' Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly on COVID-19 will call upon 100 everyday Americans from across the country and from all walks of life.

They will weigh the testimony of a range of health and economic experts, have honest conversations, and find common ground on what really matters to America as we move forward.

Because we as a people need to start coming together, and we deserve to be heard.

Everyday Americans who discussed important issues facing the country in America In One Room (2019). This is what our Citizens’ Assembly will look like. Photos from the New York Times.

America's first national
Citizens' Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly on COVID-19 will call upon 100 everyday Americans from across the country and from all walks of life.

They will weigh the testimony of a range of health and economic experts, have honest conversations, and find common ground on what really matters to America as we move forward. Because we as a people need to start coming together, and we deserve to be heard.

Photos: Everyday Americans who discussed important issues facing the country in America In One Room (2019). From the New York Times.

The way democracy should be

People like you

100 everyday Americans from all walks of life.
They are nurses, business owners, farmers, engineers, waitresses, parents, teachers, truckers, retirees…

100 everyday Americans from all walks of life. They are nurses, business owners, farmers, engineers, waitresses, parents, teachers, truckers, retirees…

Weighing expert testimony

They will call upon health and economic experts from the left, right, and center to inform their decisions

Having honest conversations

They will work through differences with frank yet civil discussions in small groups, with the support of skilled facilitators

Finding common ground

They will converge on a set of recommendations that reflect the broad consensus of the whole group

Because we need to come together
and we deserve to be heard

Our disastrous politics has deeply divided us.
Now our health, economy, and future are at stake.

Lobbyists and special interests are shaping huge decisions,
and everyday Americans aren’t even invited to the table.

So let’s make our own table and have the conversation this country needs.
Let’s convene a Citizens’ Assembly to unite and represent us all.

Because we need to come together
and we deserve to be heard

Because we need to come together and we deserve to be heard

Our disastrous politics has deeply divided us.
Now our health, economy, and future are at stake.

Lobbyists and special interests are shaping huge decisions,
and everyday Americans aren’t even invited to the table.

So let’s make our own table and have the conversation this country needs. Let’s convene a Citizens’ Assembly to unite and represent us all.

Our disastrous politics has deeply divided us. Now our health, economy, and future are at stake.

Lobbyists and special interests are shaping huge decisions,
and everyday Americans aren’t even invited to the table.

So let’s make our own table and have the conversation this country needs. Let’s convene a Citizens’ Assembly to unite and represent us all.

A powerful and proven approach

Our partner organizations convening Citizens’ Assemblies and similar processes around the world

This may be the first time you’ve ever heard of a Citizens’ Assembly. But over the past decade, there have been many of them around the world, and many similar events right here in the US. For examples, click here.

Again and again, Citizens’ Assemblies have successfully sidestepped dysfunctional politics and empowered everyday people to address difficult problems head-on.

 

Now you might be wondering...

Yes – when we cut out the parties and politicians and meet as people. For example, in 2019 America In One Room brought Americans together to talk about divisive national issues. As the news clip below shows, with just a few days they were able to overcome division, turn fear into friendship, and find some common ground.

Imagine what will be possible when we bring Americans together over multiple months to dive deep into this one pressing issue.

Americans finding common ground on many issues over just a few days. Our Citizens’ Assembly will dive deep into one issue over months.

"My biggest takeaway was the kindness and courtesy shown by delegates to one another on sensitive subjects, even when views were opposing.
Larry Treadway
Delegate
America In One Room
"My takeaway is that we, as a country, can have civil conversations instead of bickering about varying viewpoints.
Natalie Montgomery
Delegate
America In One Room

To ensure representatives truly reflect America and (unlike politicians) are free from political debts and partisan pressures, just like in other Citizens’ Assemblies they are selected in a democratic lottery.

Building off best practice, a first lottery will select tens of thousands of households across the country to receive invitations to participate. Those who accept the invitation and offer to serve will form the pool of eligible Americans. A second lottery will then be conducted live on the internet to select 100 from this pool.

As done in other Citizens' Assemblies, the democratic lottery (see previous question) will use established polling techniques to ensure this Citizens' Assembly truly reflects America in terms of:

  • gender
  • age
  • ethnicity
  • income
  • geography
  • political leaning

Stipends and other forms of support will be provided to empower all 100 to participate fully. So you can be sure there are citizen-representatives who are like you and can represent your values, your concerns, and your perspective.

Yes. Although only 100 Americans will be chosen to be members of the Citizens' Assembly, you and others will be able to provide input to the process and make your voice count through a participative online process.

Citizens' Assemblies normally take place in person, but due to the circumstances, we'll be hosting this one online. And we'll be using the best online platforms to allow citizen-representatives to really connect with one another.

The citizen-representatives in the Citizens' Assembly will be able to call on health and economic experts, representing the full range of political positions, from a list approved by respected groups from across the political spectrum. And if they want to hear from someone else, they won't be limited to that list.

We’re of by for, a non-profit started by regular people with no political affiliation, who just want to see America heal its partisan divide and rise to to the challenges of our time. Some of us have spent years advancing democracy and others are getting into it for the first time. For more about us, click here.

And we’re working with Collective Labs, a non-partisan non-profit that’s behind the process design and delivery.

We're preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign soon, so that as much of this event as possible is funded by and for everyday Americans.

And we'll be matching the funds raised with institutional grants from foundations across the political spectrum.

So join us and let's make this happen

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