PRESENTATION: Reestablishing Trust in Government in ECA and Beyond: Citizens Assemblies & CivTech
Popular mistrust in institutions is on the rise while the role of government has increased massively due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, citizens remain excluded from key policy and governance decision making. Citizen engagement is therefore more important now than ever before.
During this Master Class, George Zarkadakis discussed how citizen assemblies can be an effective citizen engagement tool for regaining public trust, enhancing liberal democracy, and bridging the gap between experts and non-experts. He referred to his experience as a facilitator of a pan-European citizen assembly, as well as to how web 3.0 technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data, and blockchain, can help delivering new ways to empower citizens to participate in public and private decision making to achieve more inclusive, citizen-centric governance.