Organisation: Environment Agency
The Environment Agency and its partners are holding a number of Rethinking Water Citizens’ Juries to discuss the important question:
What is a citizens’ jury/panel?
A citizens’ jury is a way to make decisions. It is used all over the world to look at issues and come up with ideas. It brings together a randomly selected group of people who broadly represent the entire community. The people who attend learn about an issue, discuss them with one another, and then make recommendations about what should happen.
Why is this event happening?
The five citizens’ juries brought together a diverse range of people who live, work or play in and around the Tidal River Thames, Lake Windermere, River Ouseburn, River Wharfe and the River Thames. To hear evidence, discuss the issues together, and recommend how we all should best respond to the opportunities and challenges posed by a growing population and a changing climate. Their recommendations have been presented to our Environment Agency board, and will inform the Environment Agency’s developing future ambition for water management locally and nationally.
The citizens’ juries took place online (using Zoom):
For more information on these Citizens’ Juries please go to Rethinking Water Citizens’ Juries overview information page or contact the Environment Agency to find out more: Toni Scarr firstname.lastname@example.org
The Involve Foundation (‘Involve’) is the UK’s leading public participation charity with offices in London, Edinburgh, and Belfast. They work towards creating a more vibrant democracy, with people at the heart of decision-making. Involve’s mission is to develop, deliver and campaign for new ways of involving people in the decisions that affect their lives. Since the organisation was founded in 2003, they have worked with governments, parliaments, civil society organisations, academics and the public across the UK and internationally to put people at the heart of decision-making.
Involve will be leading on the design and delivery of the Rethinking Water Citizens’ Juries and will act as the main point of contact for jury members throughout the process.
For more information on Involve, please visit their website at: www.involve.org.uk
The Sortition Foundation
The Sortition Foundation is a not-for-profit company that promotes the use of citizens’ assemblies and citizens’ juries in decision-making, and specialises in recruiting random and representative samples of people for these events. Our aim is to ensure that the recruitment method used for citizens’ assemblies and citizens’ juries is as transparent and as legitimate as possible, and that we get as close as we can to the ideal of every person in a community having an equal probability of receiving an invitation to take part, and that the final selection of the assembly participants is as fair as possible.