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    The Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform was a body created by the government of British Columbia, Canada. The Assembly was charged with investigating and recommending changes to improve the electoral system of the province. The body was composed of 160 citizens selected ar random from throughout the province. These members...
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    Initiated by German President Christian Wulff, the BürgerForum (CitizensForum) 2011 was designed to get German citizens from all over the country involved in identifying the most important challenges currently facing German society. The forum is a multi-layered process using multiple forms of discussion and deliberation on different levels of government...
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    Note: Anna Wohlfarth co-wrote the initial Participedia case on BürgerForum Europa. The Citizens’ Forum is a new form of participation developed by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Ludwig-Erhard Foundation and the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation. It is a 6-8 week online deliberation embedded in two live events, one at the beginning of...
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    Purpose, Problem and History CaliforniaSpeaks was started to identify the health care values and priorities of the Californian public; the public has a very different perspective from the numerous special interest groups approaching policymakers on the issue. Therefore, California-based health care foundations invited AmericaSpeaks, a group that advocates public participation...
  • Note: Another version of this case study can be found below as a file attachment with the prefix "VD". This alternate version was originally submitted to Vitalizing Democracy as a contestant for the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize. Purpose and Problem Nearly five million Californians live without health insurance, and millions...
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