About us

Citizens’ Democracy is a networking organization for deliberative democracy in Switzerland. Together we are creating a new understanding of politics and democracy by promoting and evaluating Citizens’ Assemblies.

Who we are

We are a dynamic and diverse group of people form all over Switzerland. We are driven by the urgent need of a less polarized, more sustainable and resilient society and we are working towards a society with a balanced deliberation and representation leading to an independent, transparent and long-term oriented decision making process.

Our vision

We will contribute to creating a new understanding of politics and democracy through the establishment of citizens assemblies where all people, by cultivating trust and togetherness, will feel the agency and legitimacy to actively shape their long-term future, and in so doing create a less polarized, more sustainable and resilient society.

Our aim

Citizens’ Democracy aims to promote and evaluate Citizens’ Assemblies (CA) in Switzerland, from local to national levels, thereby fostering a dynamic independent participative democracy based on full transparency and balanced deliberation and representation. In cooperation with relevant societal and political actors, we shall serve as a think tank for CAs in order to enhance their legitimacy with a view to integrating this innovative democratic approach into the policy process.

Our objectives

  • Connect efforts on deliberative democracy in Switzerland.
  • Offer expertise in the evaluation of current and future experiments in deliberative democracy.
  • Make people aware of the core principles and values of a good deliberative process and their power in politics should they wish to express it

Our team

We are a small but constantly growing team. Following a short introduction to some of our members :

  • Lorenz Schmid has already accelerated particles at CERN and is now working as an electrical engineer on the next generation of mobile communication. He is committed to a society that works for the many, not the few.

Our Network

Citizens’ Assemblies are gaining more and more traction all over the world and in Switzerland. We are in steady exchange with multiple organisations and projects on a national as well as international level :

  • Discover our network