Preparation > Methods

The Assembly was based upon the preliminary work accomplished within the Alliance since 1993, and in particular on the sixty "Proposal Papers" that resulted from the collective thinking of the Thematic Workshops, Socioprofessional Networks, and Continental Assemblies. But the Assembly was also a full work cycle where thinking was to progress in stages. This progression was enabled by a suitable working method, which guaranteed the democratic nature of the debates and summaries while enhancing everyone's experience. A cartographic presentation was used in each workshop, which made it possible to organize the summaries in a transparent way. The workshop facilitators were not trained in the method, which made it sometimes difficult to apply.

  • Cartographic presentation, Citizenship and strategy of change [FR] | [FR]
  • The Cartographic Tool [FR]
  • The challenges to take up : |
    To get from an international conference of representatives of civil society to a World Citizens Assembly that prefigures a World Parliament through its mirroring of the diversity of world society and through its ability to produce a summary of strategies for change for the 21st century and a human responsibilities charter, a number of obstacles must be overcome, such as the identification of participants and the establishing of original working methods. All such obstacles emerged during the Lille Assembly and the difficulties encountered as well as the deficiencies observed reflect the vast scale of an ambitious challenge that was met.
  • Process Used to Choose the Participants [FR] | [FR]
    For four hundred participants to reflect a changing world in all of its diversity, individual and collective criteria had to be defined so that each participant would be a true representative of his or her region or socioprofessional sphere and for there to be a fair balance between regions and socioprofessional spheres. As shown by the list of participants, these objectives were reached. Allies played a determining role in the identification of potential participants. More than sixty networks played a part in identifying participants in the regions of the world where the Alliance had little or no representation.

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