The Core Assembly

The Core Assembly brings together 100 people from around the world, a snapshot of the planet's population.

They will learn about and discuss the climate and ecological crisis, and present proposals at the COP26 climate conference in November 2021.

On June 24, we selected 100 points on the globe by lottery, using a NASA database of human population density. The 100 points produced by this lottery (also called a sortition) are the locations from where we recruited participants for the Core Assembly. In the future we hope to perform this global lottery with 1,000 points. The data and the open source code used to do this are freely available.

We then recruited local community organizations as close as possible to each point. We call them community hosts. These are trusted organizations in local communities that bring people together around common activities and beliefs, such as community centers, public libraries, cultural venues, sports clubs, co-working spaces, faith-groups, and educational institutions, among others.

These community hosts will accompany each participant through the Global Assembly.

Community hosts then recruited a recommended 4-6 local potential participants, representing the diversity of their community. This was mostly done by having conversations on the street, and by door-knocking, as these methods could be used consistently anywhere in the world, to make sure recruitment was not biased towards mobile phone ownership, or those who have a formal address.

We then ran a second lottery (a sortition) selecting the final participants from the pool of 675 possible candidates. This was done using the free, open source code, Stratify Select.

This provided us with a final 100 assembly members, proportionally representative of the world's population by gender, age, geography, attitude toward climate change, and educational level.

These principles guide the process, even when they are not perfectly achievable:
  • Equality: anyone on the planet could be chosen

  • Representation & Diversity: the Assembly should be a microcosm of the globe

  • Inclusion: we will work to eliminate any barriers to participation

  • Transparency: the algorithms, code, tools and processes are fully open

  • Equal Compensation: everyone who participates will be compensated and valued equally

  • Learning: this has never been done before. This is a process of learning and improvement as we work towards holding a 1,000-person assembly in the future

Timetable

The Core Assembly members will spend 68 hours together over 11 weeks between Oct 7th and December 18th 2021, understanding the climate and ecological crisis, reviewing possible future scenarios and developing principles to guide policy-makers.

The question

This year, the Global Assembly will deliberate on the following question: “How can humanity address the climate and ecological crisis in a fair and effective way?”

Learning

They will be guided through a learning journey developed by independent experts in science, economics, deliberation, learning and indigenous wisdom keepers. Find out more about our Knowledge and Wisdom Committee.

Proposals

Core Assembly members will both observe and speak at COP26 and go on to agree formal proposals. These will inform a final report on the 2021 Global Assembly, which will be released in March 2022, and presented at international governance forums throughout the year.