Tired of divisive politics
that doesn't represent you?

Want to feel inspired and
hopeful for a change?

It's time for a

Citizens' Panel

on

COVID-19

Tired of divisive politics that doesn't represent you?

Want to feel inspired and hopeful for a change?

It's time for a

Citizens' Panel

on COVID-19

A Statewide Citizens'
Panel on COVID-19

We’re bringing together 30 everyday Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum.

They’ll weigh the testimony of a range of health and economic experts and have honest conversations. Working together, they’ll find common ground on what really matters as we move forward from this moment.

We’ll film and share the entire process, including the political breakthroughs and personal journeys. Because we as a people need to start coming together, and we deserve to be heard.

Everyday Americans who discussed important issues facing the country in America In One Room (2019). This is what the Citizens’ Panel on Covid-19 will look like. Photos from the New York Times.

A Statewide Citizens' Panel on COVID-19

We’re bringing together 30 everyday Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum.

They’ll weigh the testimony of a range of health and economic experts, have honest conversations, and find common ground on what really matters as we move forward from this moment.

Because we as a people need to start coming together, and we deserve to be heard.

Photos: Everyday Americans who discussed important issues facing the country in America In One Room (2019). This is what the Citizens’ Panel on Covid-19 will look like. From the New York Times.

The way democracy should be

People like you

They are everyday Americans from all walks of life.
Nurses, business owners, farmers, engineers, waitresses, parents, teachers, truckers, retirees…

They are everyday Americans from all walks of life. Nurses, business owners, farmers, engineers, waitresses, parents, teachers, truckers, retirees…

Weighing expert testimony

They call upon health and economic experts from the left, right, and center to inform their decisions

Having honest conversations

They work through differences with frank yet civil discussion, with the support of skilled facilitators

Finding common ground

They converge on a set of policy directives that reflect the broad consensus of the whole group

Sidestepping
division
dysfunction
corruption

We’re talking about everyday people who are free from the political debts, partisan pressures, and conflicts of interest that pervade our politics.

So unlike politicians, they’re empowered to actually listen to one another and follow their conscience.

This is a powerful and proven approach

Our partner organizations convening Citizens’ Panels
and similar processes around the world

Our partner organizations convening Citizens’ Panels and similar processes around the world

This may be the first time you’ve ever heard of a Citizens’ Panel. But over the past decade, there have been many of them around the world, and many similar events right here in the US. For examples, click here.

Again and again, Citizens’ Panels and similar processes have successfully sidestepped dysfunctional politics and empowered everyday people to address difficult problems head-on.

A Citizens' Panel in the Heartland but for all of America

A Citizens' Panel in the Heartland
but for all of America

A Citizens' Panel in the Heartland but for all of America

We’re convening this Citizens’ Panel in Michigan, a state that generally reflects the country. It has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19 both in terms of health and the economy.

The armed protests in Michigan made news around the world. They show the growing division and despair in our country. People are feeling locked out of the major decisions affecting their lives, and tensions are high.

This Panel will finally give everyday Americans in Michigan a way to come together and chart a path forward. They’ll do this without the division and dysfunction of politics as usual. And they will set an example for the whole country.

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Michigan has seen some of the most deaths from COVID-19
and the most charged protests over stay-at-home orders

Michigan has seen some of the most deaths from COVID-19 and the most charged protests over quarantines

Because we need to come together
and we deserve to be heard

All across America, our disastrous politics has us deeply divided.
Now our health, economy, and future are at stake.

In Washington and in state capitols, special interests are shaping huge decisions,
and everyday Americans aren’t even invited to the table.

It’s time we make our own table and start having the conversations this country needs.
It’s time for a Citizens’ Panel that can unite and represent us all.

Because we need to come together
and we deserve to be heard

Because we need to come together and we deserve to be heard

Because we need to come together and we deserve to be heard

All across America, our disastrous politics has us deeply divided.
Now our health, economy, and future are at stake.

In Washington and in state capitols, special interests are shaping huge decisions, and everyday Americans aren’t even invited to the table.

It’s time we make our own table and start having the conversations this country needs. It’s time for a Citizens’ Panel that can unite and represent us all.

All across America, our disastrous politics has us deeply divided. Now our health, economy, and future are at stake.

In Washington and in state capitols, special interests are shaping huge decisions, and everyday Americans aren’t even invited to the table.

It’s time we make our own table and start having the conversations this country needs. It’s time for a Citizens’ Panel that can unite and represent us all.

And we'll start with this inspiring story

This Citizens’ Panel will bring together 30 Americans, but aspires to affect 300 million.

We’ll film and share the entire process, including the political breakthroughs and the personal journeys. A mini-documentary will give America a front row seat to whats possible on the other side of our disastrous politics.

And we’ve got a plan for reaching people across the country and across the political spectrum. So we can start to shift our depressing political discourse in this state, others like it, and the country as a whole.

Now you might be wondering...

Yes – when we cut out the parties and politicians and meet as people.

In 2019 America In One Room brought Americans together to talk about divisive national issues. As the news clip below shows, with just a few days they were able to overcome division, turn fear into friendship, and find common ground. This is just one of many similar examples.

Imagine what will be possible when we bring Americans together over multiple weeks to dive deep into this one pressing issue.

Americans finding common ground on many issues over just a few days. Our Citizens’ Panel will dive deep into one issue over weeks.

Just like in other Citizens' Panels, they will be selected in a democratic lottery.

This ensures they truly reflect Michigan (see next question) and unlike politicians they are free from political debts and partisan pressures. 

Building off best practice, a first lottery will select thousands of households across the state to receive invitations to participate. Those who accept the invitation and offer to serve will form the pool of eligible Americans. A second lottery will then be conducted live on the internet to select 30 from this pool.

As done in other Citizens' Panels, the democratic lottery (see previous question) will use established polling techniques to ensure this Citizens' Panel truly reflects its state in terms of:

  • gender
  • age
  • ethnicity
  • income
  • geography
  • political leaning

Stipends and other forms of support will be provided to empower all 30 to participate fully. The goal is to make sure there are citizen-representatives who are like you and can represent your values, your concerns, and your perspective.

Citizens' Panels normally take place in person, but due to the circumstances, we'll be hosting this one online. And we'll be using the best online platforms to allow citizen-representatives to really connect with one another.

The citizen-representatives in the Citizens' Panel will be able to call on health and economic experts, representing the full range of political positions, from a list backed by respected groups from across the political spectrum. And if they want to hear from someone else, they won't be limited to that list.

We’re of by for, a non-profit started by regular people with no political affiliation, who just want to see America heal its partisan divide and rise to to the challenges of our time. Some of us have spent years advancing democracy and others are getting into it for the first time.

And although we're not based in Michigan, some of us have strong ties to the Great Lakes State. For more about us, click here.

This Citizens' Panel will be transparently funded with institutional grants from foundations across the political spectrum.

So if you're ready to feel hopeful for a change,
now's your chance to play a part

So if you're ready to feel hopeful for a change, now's your chance to play a part