About us

Our mission is to give everyone on earth a seat at the global governance table.

Our vision is to create a permanent global citizens’ assembly

...that by 2030 has over 10m annual participants, is recognised in improving our ability to tackle global issues such as climate change, health and inequality, is recognised by over 50% of the global population and is mostly funded by citizens’ donations.

The Global Assembly is a truly worldwide project

...involving organisations in over 50 countries.

It is supported by institutions, funders and expert committees.

The Global Assembly has been co-designed with citizens, institutions, scientists and social movements.

Most citizens’ assemblies are top-down, initiated by governments to listen to the people of their nation.

This is the opposite.

The Global Assembly has been co-designed with institutions, scientists, citizens and social movements from around the world and built entirely from the ground-up.

The Global Assembly has been founded by a world-class team of specialists

We have delivered hundreds of citizen engagement projects including World Wide Views for the Paris and Copenhagen COPs; the only project comparable to the Global Assembly ever undertaken.

We have worked with the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), many governments and foundations.

The Global Assembly is a bottom-up initiative made up of more than 150 organisations from over 50 countries around the world

These organisations are integral to delivering the Global Assembly.

They have recruited the 100 community organisations from the 100 points on the globe, each where a citizen will be supported to participate in the Core Assembly.

The Global Assembly has been made possible through the support of five pioneering partners

Our sincere thanks to all of them for bringing this impossible project to fruition.

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch
  • Climate Emergency Collaboration Group (CECG)
  • European Climate Foundation (ECF)
  • One Project
  • Scottish Government
A dedicated team realising the Global Assembly dream

Yago Bermejo Abati, Deliberativa

Margot Becker, Iswe Foundation

Bjørn Bedsted and Lars Kluver, Danish Board of Technology, Global Coordinators WWViews

Flynn Devine, Iswe Foundation

Eva Sow Ebion, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Islam Elbeiti, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Massamba Fall, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Chirag Gupta

Brett Hennig, Sortition Foundation

Marius Kamugisha, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Oussema Ksiaa, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Susan Nakyung Lee 이나경, Deliberativa

Rachel Ward Lilley

Claire Mellier, Iswe Foundation

Jehad Oumer, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Raashi Saxena, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Jon Stever, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Johnny Stormonth-Darling, Innovation for Policy Foundation

Sarah Whitley, Iswe Foundation

Rich Wilson, Iswe Foundation

Two governance committees guide the Global Assembly

Knowledge and Wisdom Committee

Global Governance and Participation Committee

  • Professor Nicole Curato, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra (Chair)
  • Professor Bonny Ibhawoh, Human Rights History and African History McMaster University, Canada
  • Poonam Joshi, Director, Funders Initiative for Civil Society, UK
  • Professor Helene Landemore, Yale University, USA
  • Dr Tiago Peixoto, Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Vijayendra (Biju) Rao, Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, World Bank
  • Natalie Samarasinghe, United Nations Association

Akoma Ntoso is an ancient Ghanaian adinkra symbol, directly translated as 'linked hearts'.

Akoma Ntoso symbolises the deep understanding, agreement and harmony possible when we communicate from the heart. It also represents unity; that all people are connected.

The Global Assembly has adopted this symbol for our logo in the hope is that the Global Assembly creates heart-to-heart relationships between people across the world; as when we connect at the level of our real hopes and fears, strong relationships and new possibilities emerge.

It was chosen by people involved in the evolution of the Global Assembly, including Ghanaian citizens.