Guide to Citizens’ Assemblies

The UK Extinction Rebellion has just published The Extinction Rebellion Guide to Citizens’ Assemblies https://rebellion.earth/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Extinction-Rebellion-Guide-to-Citizens-Assemblies-Version-1.1-25-June-2019.pdf which was drafted by their Citizens’ Assemblies Working Group. It’s a great read. XR here could build on it. It’s a pdf document and available to be downloaded. I will bring along a copy to the Working Group meeting on June 29, and also the flyer which XR UK have produced.

Joining this site

It does not seem to be all that difficult to join this site, so I hope that others will do so and contribute to discussion and decisions. There is now a Group within this site for the XR Working Group on participatory democracy, it is an open group so any members can join.

Auckland Climate Action Plan

Have posted on the website www.climateakl.nz the idea of including a rolling citizens’ assembly in Auckland’s toolset for responding to the challenges of meeting the imperative to reduce our carbon emissions and of coping with the shit that is already inevitable. Will be interesting to see if there is any response.

Taxing capital kicked down the road – yet again

Reforming our messy and partial taxation of capital and capital gains once more proved too hard for our representative democracy, in the possibly erroneous belief that there is insufficient support from the wider public. Could this be because, as with standard processes of “consultation” through submissions the feedback is biassed towards those with the means, time and experience to make submissions, namely the confident and well off owners of property. Put the thing the other way around: first ask the public, through a properly constituted citizens’ assembly, listening to the experts, what kind of tax system looks fair and effective to them, and then draw up your policy already knowing what is supported.  Howabout it?