At the second meeting of a newly created network of Spanish and Portuguese deliberative practitioners (Delib), two members of the CLIMAS project – Deliberativa and the Generalitat de Catalunya – shared some initial insights on March 23rd. The main topic of the meeting was the design of the mandate of citizens’ assemblies, and the CLIMAS partners presented the project approach, advocating for the generation of mandates related to value-based dilemmas and co-designed with stakeholders. The presentation generated a discussion on the work being done to design the first Catalan Climate Assembly, scheduled to take place in the autumn.
The talk generated a lot of interest and engaged the network members consisting of institutional leaders, practitioners who advise and organise this type of process, facilitators, academic researchers, and foundations/associations that support them, about 80 people actively involved in deliberative processes. The proposal was in line with the network’s aim to share experiences of good deliberation practices, agree on common standards to improve the quality of deliberation and provide a platform for the public promotion of democratic systemic change through citizen deliberation.