How to strengthen climate democracy with deliberative citizen participation?

17th May 13.00 CEST

Mini-publics like citizen assemblies and citizen juries have been practiced in all corners of the world to combat the shortcomings of our democracies. Can these representative and deliberative processes encourage governments to take actions desperately needed for climate transitions? 

Introducing RETOOL, a new Horizon Europe project on climate democracy we invite you to a dynamic public discussion on the intersection of climate democracy and deliberative citizen engagement.

Discussion questions


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Alina Averchenkova

Facilitator of the discussion
London School of Economics
Distinguished Policy Fellow



DD Center for Democracy
Climate Assembly organiser


Ghent University
PhD Researcher



Participant of the Ida-Viru Climate Assembly

Discuss along

Our pan-European discussion encourages discovering new and different perspectives so your experiences and ideas are waited on the discussion stage! Be ready to share your thoughts with people from Estonia, UK and Belgium. 

Where can I join the discussion?

Tartu, Estonia

Tartu Keskpark

Ghent, Belgium

University of Ghent

London, UK

London School of Economics and Political Science

Hosted by


Hyperlocal discussion format

We want to break out of the usual virtual event mindset and create a truly immersive pan-European discussion experience. The new hyperlocal discussion format connects different views of citizens from London, Ghent and Tartu to a joint discussion room. Video and sound seamlessly link multiple festival hubs, allowing you to engage in pan-European dialogue from your own city.  

To participate at HEDF you need to physically come to a physical room, but in that room you'll be digitally engaging with people in other countries who are also physically attending the festival.

ReTool project

Discussion introduces a new research project called ReTool.

Over the next 3 years, the ReTool project seeks to both address the climate crisis and also reinvigorate and strengthen democratic processes and structures. The project posits that these are ‘twin challenges’ which are linked, and it seeks to deepen understanding of the relationship between them.

ReTool is a Horizon Europe project funded by the European Union