A G1000 is a one-day gathering where a representative group of randomly selected residents decide together what they would like to see happen in their local community.
Local councillors, civil servants, employers and members from civil society are also invited to attend, and after the assembly several smaller meetings are convened where residents themselves initiate implementation of their proposals.
It is a way to get the considered opinion of the community, strengthen communities, and get communities involved in directly implementing their ideas. It's a way to do democracy differently.
The UK's first G1000 will be held in Cambridge in early 2018.
Who we are
We are a bunch of volunteers who think that democracy can be done differently. We think that a random, representative sample of people in a respectful and deliberative environment can come to legitimate decisions on behalf of us all.
The G1000 is a project of the Sortition Foundation, an independent, non-partisan organisation not affiliated with any political party. When interacting with councillors or other politicians we always strive to achieve balance from across the political spectrum.
How exactly does a G1000 work?
Invitations are sent out to a few thousand randomly selected residents, inviting them to participate in the G1000. Up to 700 of these residents can come along, and they are joined by local politicians, civil servants and members of civil society.
In the morning the participants discuss, in tables of four, their hopes, dreams and ideas for their community. The 10 most popular themes are selected and carried forward to the afternoon discussions.
In the afternoon people sit in tables of eight or ten and turn these ideas into concrete proposals. At the end of the day everybody votes on their favourite projects and the top 10 are selected to be further developed by interested volunteers. A series of meetings in the weeks following the assembly kick-off the implementation of these projects by the residents themselves; council and civil society are invited to assist with this implementation.
The story so far...
A G1000 was first held in Belgium throughout 2011 and 2012, and inspired many people to do democracy differently. In the Netherlands they held their first Dutch G1000 in the city of Amersfoort in 2014 and have held several G1000s across the Netherlands since. We think it's time to bring the G1000 to the UK.