Consensual Debating mini-conference

Consensual Debating for Citizens’ Assemblies organized on 8/7/2021


A mini-conference organised by Sustensis, London and StamEuropa, Brussels

Thursday, 8th July at 17:00 CET, 4 pm UK time

There are already more than 500 events with tens of thousands of participants, and over 5,000 ideas on the Conference on the Future of Europe digital platform. There are also many Citizens’ Assemblies linked to the Conference and set up in various EU countries. How could we make such debates more effective and much shorter?

This the subject of this on-line mini-conference, where we will explain the entire ‘know how’ of Consensual Debating, which is particularly well-suited for complex political debates. It has been developed by combining Sustensis’ concept of Digitized Structured Content, with digitized debates developed by POLIS and applied in many countries such as the USA, UK, Australia or Taiwan. It allows tens of thousands of participants to debate thousands of topics simultaneously and come to an agreement in a consensual way in a few days rather than in months.

Sustensis has set up Euro Agora to facilitate such debates with Consensual Debating. There are already over 50 structured Ideas (topics) mirroring the European Democracy topic of the Conference on the Future of Europe and logically grouped into 9 main sub-topics:

1. Consensual Debating
2. Values and Responsibilities
3. Consensual Democracy
4. Citizens Assemblies
5. Federalism
6. Constitution
7. Parliament
8. Elections
9. President

The event agenda:

  • 17:00 Opening of the event by Thomas Deweer, Director Stamm Europa
  • 17:05 Welcoming of the participants by Brendan Donnelly, Director of Federal Trust and the Chairman of the event
  • 17:10 Presentation by Tony Czarnecki, Managing Partner, Sustensis on: Consensual Debating for Citizens’Assemblies
  • 17:45 Q&A session chaired by Brendan Donnelly
  • 18:00 Registration at Euro Agora for live online Consensual Debating, using as an example Statement 42.“Citizens’ Assembly is more representative than an electoral system”
  • 18:10 Online debating – Tony Czarnecki shares his comments and assist participants, if necessary
  • 18:25 Presentation of the first round of the debate
  • 18:30 Second round of online debating
  • 18:45 Presentation of the second round results with a graphic illustration of how the majority group has been forming over time and a more detailed explanation of the results.
  • 19:00 Close

To register and get the ZOOM link for the webinar please click here