What we are listening to:
The Invention of Citizens' Juries with Ned Crosby and Pat Benn
Ned Crosby, American inventor of the "Citizens' Jury" process, passed away this past week. On her podcast Facilitating Public Deliberations, Professor Lyn Carson interviewed Crosby and Pat Benn on the contemporary history and philsophy behind the citizens' jury concept. Curiously, the process of bringing together randomly selected citizens to deliberate emerged in the U.S. and Germany almost simultaneously in the 1970's. Both of the American organizations which will be leading workshops at the Hannah Arendt Center's July Workshop on Citizens' Assemblies have their roots in Crosby's work. Listen to the podcast here.