What is a citizens’ assembly?
A citizens’ assembly is a form of collaborative decision-making focused on bringing a diverse and representative group together, to deliberate and make an informed decision on a complex topic.
The focus is not on finding a perfect solution, but a decision that everyone in the group can ‘live with’, in which the trade-offs are understood and weighed up.
What did the citizens’ assembly discuss?
We asked them to help answer: “What should be the next source (or sources) of water for Auckland?”
From July – September:
- We brought 36-40 citizens together for four days.
- We provided information so they could understand the complexity of this issue and the different water source options. This information included written material as well as presentations from a variety of experts and stakeholders, some of which were pre-selected and some of which were chosen by the participants.
- They engaged in deliberation (a facilitated, reasoned and respectful discussion) over the question to see what consensus emerged.
- At the end, they wrote a report together and presented it to our leadership team.
- The leadership will respond and explain how these recommendations will be used to make the new water infrastructure plan.
Our intention was for the participants to work through different perspectives and trade-offs to come to a consensus that helps build a resilient water source past 2040.
The citizens’ assembly worked together to help answer the question:
“What should be the next source (or sources) of water for Auckland?”
How could I find out more or get involved?
If you are a citizen:
Write to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a business, community group or large stakeholder:
Stakeholder submissions have closed. If you have further suggestions and questions, please write to our email address email@example.com.