Deliberative forums, such as citizens’ assemblies or reference
panels, are one institutionalization of deliberative democracy that has become
increasingly commonplace in recent years. MASS LBP is a pioneer in
designing and facilitating such long-form deliberative processes in Canada.
This article provides an overview of the company’s civic lottery and reference
panel process, notes several distinctive features of MASS LBP that are
relevant to addressing challenges to democratic deliberation, and outlines
possible areas for future research in deliberative democracy applied in both
private and public settings.