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2023 Nobel Prize Summit Deliberative Polling Exercise

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You’re invited to participate in a citizen deliberation at the 2023 Nobel Prize Summit

The 2023 Nobel Prize Summit on Truth, Trust, and Hope has the goal of initiating new efforts to build a world where thoughtful deliberation built on trustworthy information can thrive, buffering our societies against the damages due to misinformation and disinformation. One key challenge of this work is to establish a shared sense of legitimacy for policies to manage the information landscape that are enacted either by the private or public sectors. As citizens, we need to be able to trust that such policies are not primarily tools for building political power or private profits. 

At this Nobel Prize Summit, we invite you to explore with us one possible participatory-democracy-based solution to this problem, representative citizen deliberation. We will run an exercise in large-scale group deliberation to help develop the capacity to democratically vet policy proposals concerning the information landscape — and all summit participants are welcome to join in. Although this will not be the statistically representative group required for the eventual legitimacy of such oversight activities, we will learn together about how to shape such deliberations for our larger societies – and also learn some of the issues around current proposed policies regarding online media platforms. 

For this activity, the 2023 Nobel Prize Summit, organized by the Nobel Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, is working with the Deliberative Democracy Lab at Stanford University, a program with decades of experience in statistically representative citizen deliberations, having conducted more than 120 deliberations in 50 countries and jurisdictions on every (inhabited) continent. Their approach, called “Deliberative Polling,” has in recent years been made available in an online format, the AI-assisted Stanford Online Deliberation Platform, a collaborative product of the Deliberative Democracy Lab and the Crowdsourced Democracy Team at Stanford University. 

Participants will complete a confidential pre-deliberation survey, join the deliberations virtually in small groups of about 10 people, join a plenary session virtually with experts and policymakers, and complete a post-deliberation survey.  The pre- and post-deliberation surveys are about 15 minutes each, the small group deliberations and plenary sessions are about one hour and  fifteen minutes each. (This is not a full scale Deliberative Poll that usually lasts for a full day or multiple days.) We can report that the overwhelming majority of those who participate in such Deliberative Polling events have found the experience both meaningful and enlightening.  

At the end of day two of the Nobel Prize Summit, the Deliberative Democracy Lab will showcase the results of the summit deliberation and discuss the field of deliberative democracy and the future of Deliberative Polling.  

There are multiple opportunities to join this exercise: 

Join us on 25 May, 12:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time (9:00 am - 1:00 pm Pacific). This session is built into the 2023 Nobel Prize Summit programming. You can join the deliberations virtually whether or not you are at the summit in person. 

Or join this deliberation exercise before the summit: 

  • Asia 20 May 13:00-16:00 Hong Kong time 
  • Africa 20 May 15:00-19:00 Lagos time 
  • Europe 21 May  13:00-16:00 London time 
  • Americas 21 May  10:00-13:00 San Francisco time 

Note: All sessions are conducted in English. 

Register here for this demonstration of Deliberative Polling. We look forward to seeing you!

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About the Deliberative Democracy Lab, Stanford University
The Deliberative Democracy Lab at Stanford University is housed in the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. DDL is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®. Deliberative Polling is a registered trademark of James S Fishkin, and any fees generated are used to support Deliberative Democracy Lab. The method of Deliberative Polling has been used in over 50 countries and jurisdictions around the world through over 120 projects at varying levels of government and society. To learn more about the DDL, visit:

About the Crowdsourced Democracy Team
The Crowdsourced Democracy Team at Stanford University is led by Ashish Goel and is housed in Management Science and Engineering. The mission of CDT is to scale up collaboration and decision-making. To learn more about CDT, visit:

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