More about this public talk
Pepijn Kennis, regional member of the parliament in Brussels, politically represents Agora and its Brussels Citizens’ Assembly. In this talk, he will go over the reasons ‘why’ and the practical aspects of ‘how’ such a citizens’ assembly can and should work together with the existing political system.
Agora.Brussels is a citizens’ movement with the objective of installing a permanent citizens’ assembly in the Brussels Capital Region. This deliberative assembly should be composed through random selection of citizens, have a legislative mandate, and work on the basis of frequent rotation. To achieve their objective, the movement decided to run for elections and obtained one seat in the regional parliament. This seat allows them the (financial and human) resources to organise such an assembly, and the political legitimacy to defend its decisions and to push for an institutional reform.
The Talk and discussion will be especially interesting for the members of the local councils and activists as well as to everybody interested in the local politics and current debates on democracy.Recording of the Public Talk “New Ways of Strengthening Urban Communities: Experiences of Brussels Citizens’ Assembly” is available HERE.