October 11, 2023

This KNOCA Learning Call unpacked the motivation behind three of the UK’s largest charities commissioning a People’s Assembly and the wider National Conversation that fed into the Assembly.

We explored the blended nature of the Assembly – two weekends in person at the start and finish with two weekends online beforehand. And we explored the responses to the Plan and Assembly from the three commissioners and a number of other civil society and public bodies.

Learning Call on the People's Plan for Nature | KNOCALearning Call on the People’s Plan for Nature | KNOCA

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The central theme running through the Learning Call was the creative tension between deliberative processes and civil society campaigning.

We were joined by:

  • Helen Meech, previously Head of Movement Building at RSPB (now Executive Director of the Climate Coalition) who originally came up with the idea
  • Kathryn Machin, Head of Community Engagement Campaigns at WWF-UK and co-commissioner of the People’s Assembly
  • Sarah Castell, CEO of Involve who designed and delivered the Assembly
  • Irenie Ekkeshis, Co-Founder and Director, New Citizenship Project who influenced the approach to the process
  • Rebecca Lester, an assembly member.

Read more about the People’s Plan for Nature here, the People’s Assembly for Nature here and the responses to the plan here.

We’ve shared four key takeaways from the Learning Call on Linkedin (here) and Twitter/X (here).