The North of Tyne Citizens’ Assembly is due to report its findings in May 2021. The Citizens Assembly involved 50 people from the region in the north east of England. Their role was to help shape the region’s response to the climate crisis.
Shared Future partnered with Warwick District Council to facilitate a People’s Inquiry into Climate Change, a people powered solution to the climate emergency.
What should Kendal do about climate change? That was the challenge tackled by a diverse group of local residents of Kendal during the summer and autumn of 2020. Commissioned by Kendal Town Council and facilitated by Shared Future, we believe the Kendal Climate Change Jury was unique in being both the first fully online Climate Change Jury in the UK and also by the way it mobilised citizens through a crowdfunding campaign.
Following three months of evidence gathering and deliberations, members of the Warwick District People’s Inquiry into Climate Change will be announcing their recommendations at a public launch on Thursday 25th February.
In this Annual Review of 2020, we recount our work in what was an extraordinary year. During 2020, we focussed much of our work on climate change, and we are currently supporting a number of Local Authorities in implementing Climate Emergency inquiries.
A People’s Inquiry into climate change, facilitated by Shared Future and Warwick District Council, will now begin writing its recommendations on dealing with climate change locally to issue to the council.
Shared Future’s Pete Bryant was featured in a Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. The podcast was originally aired on the 18th May 2020. Podcast No139. A MISSION FOR SORTITION: citizens’ assemblies & the climate crisis.
With funding from the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), an ESRC supported network that brings together the research community and decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors, Shared Future CIC has published a guide for local authorities and other bodies. The guide aims to support local authorities and other bodies thinking of commissioning a citizens’ assembly or jury. It considers how such processes might address the climate emergency, what is involved and approaches to design and delivery.
Between September and November 2019, over fifty residents from four areas of Dudley Borough took part in seven sessions of deliberation, to produce a set of recommendations to answer the question:
“For people living in Dudley Borough, what can we all do together to help people be healthy”
Members of the four Citizens Inquiries shared their experiences and opinions in a highly participatory process, supplemented by community research conducted in their neighbourhoods by 18 Inquiry members.
Thirty local people are helping to develop a new action plan to tackle one of the biggest issues facing the world today – climate change. Lancaster City Council has convened a People’s Jury on climate change, a pioneering way of involving ordinary people in advising the council and others on how best to combat the problem. Shared Future CIC are facilitating the Peoples’ Jury, which is being held at the Storey Institute in Lancaster over February and March 2020
‘What should Leeds do about the emergency of climate change?’ This was the question that 25 randomly selected residents from across the Leeds city region agreed to thrash out over nine sessions between September and November 2019. Their bold recommendations make fascinating reading; taking back control of the local bus services into public ownership, the halting of local airport expansion, retrofitting of housing through local social enterprises and more.