April 18: Citizen Assemblies- Reinvigorating Civic Engagement

Thursday, April 18, 2024 (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM) (PDT)


Note: This is a morning forum, 8:30am.

Join us for a discussion that will open up the idea of citizen involvement in local decision-making. Increasingly people on all sides of the political spectrum (including those unengaged) feel left out of how decisions are made. A Citizens’ Assembly is a group of people selected by lottery who are broadly representative of a community. They spend significant time learning and collaborating through facilitated deliberation to find common ground and form collective recommendations for policymakers, decision-makers, and the community. These Assemblies are sometimes called Citizens’ Juries, Panels, or Councils depending on their size and the country where they are taking place. We will discuss how this model works internationally and how it is currently being used right here in Central Oregon.


Opening Remarks from Claudia Chwalisz of Democracy Next


  • Alex Renirie from Health Democracy
  • Josh Burgess from the Central Oregon Civics Action Project
  • Megan Perkins, Bend City Council

Moderated by: Nicole Vulcan, Editor at The Source Weekly


The Central Oregon Civic Action Project (COCAP) is a partnership between non-profits (DemNext and Healthy Democracy), OSU Cascades and local governments.  Their long-term aims are to improve local governance and help bring Central Oregonians together through service to our community. 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
61980 Skyline Ranch Drive
Bend, OR 97701 United States
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