Agenda

The event will translate participatory discussion into concrete action proposals by organizing as a mock legislative body to develop, debate, and decide on proposals for moving forward with Iceland’s constitutional change process. Dr. Carrillo will serve as chairman throughout and will loosely follow Robert’s Rules of Order.

Part 1: The future of democracy.  How can democracy best adapt to society’s current and future needs?

0900: Introduction (Oddsdottir).

0915: Lightning round of 10-minute speeches. 

1015: Moderated committees meet. In committee, members will decide on the committee’s draft proposals. By the end of the hour each committee will have an agreed-upon set of proposals to present to the committee of the whole. Committee rapporteurs will prepare a summary of each committee’s results.

1115: Committee of the whole, reports of committee results presented by moderators, with specific proposals.

1200: Lunch

1300: The congress debates the question on the floor: which of these proposals are best and most feasible? A vote is held on the proposals; more than one proposal may be approved. Following the vote the rapporteurs will collaborate to produce a report of the results.

Part 2: Modern constitution making. Here we will focus on constitutions as a societal change tool, including Iceland’s proposed new constitution. What should be done with Iceland’s proposed new constitution? If the proposal is abandoned, what ideas from Part 1 should Iceland consider adopting?

1330: Lightning round of 10-minute speeches. Speakers will present views on Iceland’s proposed new constitution and other options for working within the existing system.

1430: Break.

1445: Debate (Duvernay moderates, Stracener debates an opponent TBD). Positions are pro/con adopting the proposed new constitution.

1545: The congress debates the issues on the floor: call the question, and adopt the proposed new constitution?

1615: The congress votes by secret ballot on the proposed new constitution and the morning’s approved proposals. The congress adjourns sine die.

1645: Presentation and group discussion on concept, development status, and future plan for a Center for Democracy.

1730: cocktails

This event is co-hosted by the California Constitution Center and the Institute of Governmental Studies.