It’s time to finish the job

858 years ago, King Henry II shook things up by introducing juries. They’ve proven their worth as the backbone of our legal system. It’s time to put ordinary people at the helm in politics too. Let’s replace the House of Lords with a House of Citizens

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The 858 Project will bring people we trust into Parliament

A citizen-led process of rejuvenation

  • Trust in politics has never been lower

    The vast majority of people in the UK no longer trust Parliament to act in their best interests.

  • It’s time to recognise the obvious solution

    Eight centures of juries proves ordinary people can make important decisions. In fact the UK has some of the highest levels of civic trust in the world.

  • Trust the people

    People across the UK trust citizens’ assemblies more than Parliament to do right by them. It’s time to replace the House of Lords with a House of Citizens.

Our advisory board

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Elisabeth Costa

UK Managing Director, Behavioural Insights Team

Elisabeth Costa is the Managing Director of the Behavioural Insights Team in the UK where she leads a broad portfolio of work across all areas of domestic policy and international programmes.

Elisabeth’s particular expertise is economic policy and digital markets, regularly contributing to policy discussions and public debate in the UK and in other countries around the world on online decision-making, digital markets, financial behaviour and consumer vulnerability.

In addition to leading BIT’s work in the United Kingdom Elisabeth is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, and completed her postgraduate studies at Harvard University.

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Matthew Flinders

Professor of Politics, University of Sheffield

Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is also Vice-President of the Political Studies Association, was Chair of the Universities Policy Engagement Network from 2021-2023, and has served on the Council of the International Political Science Association since 2014.

A former ESRC board member, Matthew led the 2020 national review of research leadership – Fit for the Future – and is currently working with UKRI in relation to talent management and research culture investments. A former special advisor in both the House of Lords and House of Commons, Prof. Flinders specialises in theoretically-informed policy-relevant research and is a former ESRC National Impact Champion.

Matthew is a former winner of the Harrison Prize (2002), the Richard Rose Prize (2004), WJM Mackenzie Prize (2009) and the Sam Aaronovitch Memorial Prize (2012) and the author or editor of nineteen books and over 200 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. He has also written and presented a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and is a regular columnist for the Times Higher Education.
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Nicholas Gruen

Economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy and our democracy

Nicholas Gruen is the Founder of Lateral Economics, Visiting/Adjunct Professor at King’s College London and the University of Technology Sydney. He is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance.

Nicholas has chaired global aged care software provider Health Metrics and Kaggle which was acquired by Google in 2017.

He has advised two Cabinet Ministers, taught at the Australian National University and sat on the Productivity Commission and worked within the Business Council of Australia. He chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) from 2010 to 2016, the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia in 2013-14 and in 2009 chaired the Government 2.0 Taskforce.

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Nicole Curato

Professor of Political Sociology at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra

Nicole Curato is a Professor of Political Sociology at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her research demonstrates the transformative power of deliberative governance in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Recently, her research started focusing on building a “global deliberative democracy” inspired by decolonial theory and practice, critical historiography, and ambitious democratic experiments such as the Global Assembly on the Climate and Ecological Crisis.

She is the founder of the Global Citizens’ Assembly Network (GloCAN), former editor of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy, founding editor of the Deliberative Democracy Digest, and founder of the Deliberative Democracy Summer School. She has published three books on deliberative democracy, numerous journal articles, public reports, and op-eds for outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian, and Australian Foreign Affairs.
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Suzanne Hall

Director of Engagement, King’s College London Policy Institute

Suzanne is a highly skilled qualitative researcher with 20 years of public policy research experience. She led the qualitative research team at Ipsos MORI, an independent research agency, from 2013 and in that role was responsible for skills development, growing the business and embedding new and innovative approaches to solving policy problems with a focus on deliberative, participatory, ethnographic and digital methodologies.

Suzanne has worked for both national and international clients across a range of policy areas including trust in government and polarisation, the value of evidence, work and welfare, ageing and inequality.

As Director of Engagement at the Policy Institute, Suzanne is responsible for embedding qualitative and deliberative methods in the work of the Policy Institute and developing new, innovative approaches to involving citizens in policy making, ensuring the work it does continues to have impact. Suzanne also represents the Policy Institute on the Ageing Research at King’s (ARK) Committee

“Trust in ordinary citizens far outweighs trust in politicians.”

Restore trust in our democracy

It’s time for a House of Citizens

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