the Challenge +

the Opportunity

the Challenge

the Opportunity

Around the world, governments are employing Lottery-Selected Panels – often called Citizens’ Juries or Citizens’ Assemblies – to put people at the center of governance. Healthy Democracy has designed and convened panels in five U.S. states and three countries since 2008. We are best known for Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), which is one of the most researched deliberative processes in the world and was one of the first modern lottery-selected

Around the world, governments are employing Lottery-Selected Panels – often called Citizens’ Juries or Citizens’ Assemblies – to put people at the center of governance. Healthy Democracy has designed and convened panels in five U.S. states and three countries since 2008. We are best known for Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), which is one of the most researched deliberative processes in the world and was one of the first modern lottery-selected

Lottery Assemblies in Local Government

Bringing the Magic of Deliberation to Community Policy-Making.

Our most recent example: From November 2020 to April 2021, 29 everyday residents – selected through a democratic lottery – advised the City of Eugene, Oregon, on questions related to housing code changes.

Initiative Convention System

Reimagining Direct Democracy Through Lottery-Selected Assemblies.

For most of us, initiatives represent our only opportunity to be part of direct policy creation. In our Initiative Convention System, lottery-selected deliberative assemblies – as diverse as our states – write initiatives.

Citizens’ Initiative Review

Voter Info. By Voters, For Voters.

We bring a representative random sample of voters together to study ballot measures.These everyday citizens hear testimony from both sides and from independent experts. And then draft high-quality information for their fellow voters.