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Video - how does an online citizens assembly work?

March 15, 2021

The latest weekend of Scotland's Climate Assembly was focused on how the process has worked so far - so less about how to tackle climate change (the subject of previous weeks) and more about learning on process, deliberation and the nature of facilitation online.

You can watch the whole thing on the YouTube video below, and also see previous ones on the Assembly's YouTube channel. Agendas for each weekend are on the Assembly website.

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The live session explored Assembly process, deliberation and the nature of facilitation online. Observers heard from Brett Hennig of the Sortition Foundation on the recruitment process. Dr Oliver Escobar of University of Edinburgh (also on the Stewarding Group) spoke about governance of the Assembly, and Kelly McBride, Democratic Society, explained voting procedures. Kaela Scott of Involve shared the experience of facilitating remotely, and a number of table facilitators shared some insights into how small group discussion works online.

This was followed by a lively Q&A, in which Oliver provided the following nugget on media engagement:

We live in a time of fast food politics and it's difficult to get people interested in slowly cooked politics.

                   

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