DEMOCRACY BY LOT
Agora is a citizens' political movement which advocates a form of democracy by lot. Its central objective is to inspire a more representative form of democracy, with more deliberation and participation, by establishing a Citizens' Assembly with members drawn by lot, working in parallel with the elected Parliament.
To achieve this objective, Agora decided to stand in the regional elections in May 2019 in the Brussels-Capital Region. Thanks to the trust of 3629 Brussels voters, the movement won one seat in the Brussels Parliament.
Agora is now organising a Brussels Citizens' Assembly, made up of 89 Brussels residents drawn by lot, whose proposals are then shared in Parliament by the elected spokesperson. At the same time, Agora works within parliament on participative democracy in general, with the particular aim of establishing the Assembly as a more permanent institution.
Through the assembly, Agora hopes to encourage the implementation of true citizen democracy. In addition to its legislative efforts, the Assembly also serves as a tool to inspire better representation, encourage debate and discussion, and increase participation, throughout the whole of society.
The Assembly: the first Brussels' political institution entirely composed of citizens drawn by lot
The Brussels Citizens' Assembly (BCA) is an assembly consisting of 89 citizens drawn by lot.
This sample is statistically representative of the population in terms of age, gender and level of education.
This Assembly seeks to be deliberative, since the participants have different opinions, and are encouraged to share these, allowing ideas to develop and evolve.
Finally, the system is participatory in the sense that every Brussels resident has a real chance to actively participate in the decision-making process.
The Assembly is
The first cycle of the Brussels Citizens' Assembly, in proactive mode, was organised in 2020. Due to the public health crisis, this was completed over two semesters instead of one.
In December 2020, the Assembly presented its proposals for housing in Brussels in the form of the 'Citizens' Housing Resolution'. You can find out more about the resolution and how it was presented in Parliament on the Assembly website.
The second cycle was organised during the first semester of 2021. It was the first reactive cycle, and here the assembly formulated a position regarding the proposals dealt with in the committees of the Brussels parliament.
Due to the pandemic, this cycle took place mainly on an online platform and via videoconference.
The third cycle will take place from 9 October 2021 and will again be a proactive cycle. The assemblists from the first and second cycle decided that the theme for this cycle will be work and employment.
Apart from the presentations and debates with the experts, the entire cycle will take place face-to-face, as far as possible Covid measures allow.
The results of the third cycle will be presented on Saturday 11 December 2021.