Electoral District Citizen Assemblies

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Electoral District Citizen Assemblies (EDCAs) renew the relationship between residents and their local MPs, with a focus on engaging with those people who are disillusioned and frustrated with the current political scene. Anywhere around Europe a growing number of citizens – the “invisible third” – feels left behind by the political establishment. EDCAs are a low-threshold approach to involve all parts of society into a non-partisan political debate based on random selection and door to door motivation to participate.

REVIVING REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY

Between every resident in Germany and every decision in the German Parliament there is exactly one person – the Member of Parliament (MP) of an electoral district. The EDCA restores this relationship by inviting 35 - 50 randomly-drawn residents in the electoral district to spend a day discussing current/pending political issues and developing solutions with their MP.

OUTREACH PARTICIPATION METHODS

The EDCA creates a previously non-existent, non-partisan bond between all electoral districts and their MPS, and therefore parliament. EDCAs aim to bring people into political debates who either do not or cannot seek it out of their own accord, or who may consciously avoid it. Using an outreach participation method, everyone who does not respond to the invitation is contacted and invited personally at the doorstep at home. With this method, many people who are silent, marginalized or frustrated with politics can be convinced to participate. Thus, politics receive valuable input from different, unheard perspectives across the whole spectrum of society 

ENGAGING THE SILENT AND DISENCHANTED

A new constructive connection between residents and their politicians is created. Those who before were rather silent or disenchanted, and have been successfully convinced to participate, are more likely to continue to be politically activated due to the inclusive format and the experience of self-efficacy and making a contribution to actual politics. This approach supports existing democratic structures instead of creating parallel new structures. With frequent EDCAs throughout all parts of Germany, relevant federal policy issues affecting residents’ lives, e.g. topics from the upcoming coalition agreement, can be prepared at electoral district level for a non-partisan national discussion

Project owner
Ilan Siebert
Initiator of the Format, Lobbying
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Linus Strothmann
Initiator of the Format, Project Management, Conception, Facilitation
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Juliane Baruck
Lottery Process & Participant Management, Conception, Facilitation
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Canan Bayram
Member of Parliament, Initiator of an EDCA in her electoral district
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Thomas Heilmann
Member of Parliament, Initiator of an EDCA in his electoral district
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Helge Lindh
Member of Parliament, Initiator of an EDCA in his electoral district
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Joachim Haas
Lobbying, Support
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Jonas Beuchert
Communication & Design, Public Relations
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Michelle Deutsch
Science communication and transfer
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Katharina Liesenberg
Advisory
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Paul Naudascher
Science communication and transfer, Technical Director
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Moritz Ritter
Recruitment, Technical support
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Clara Stauber
Internship