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  • Global Citizens Assembly

US National Process Confirmed

We are excited to announce our partnership with Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes who in partnership with the Kettering Foundation and support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are coordinating Citizen Forums on Human Gene Editing.

The Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) is developing an issue guide that can be used for community-based, deliberative conversations about human genome editing. Using CSPO’s participatory technology assessment method, the project team will draw on themes from the issue guide to help inform the design of a series of large-scale public deliberations on human genome editing. The deliberations are part of a larger project that aims to develop forward-looking, democratically derived, and ethically reflective processes useful in preparing for possible futures related to human genome editing.

Led by Mahmud Farooque from the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, whose expertise focuses on innovation systems, research management, knowledge co-production, policy entrepreneurship, and participatory technology assessment, the US Citizens’ deliberations will both inform and lead into the Global Citizens’ Assembly scheduled for early 2022.

“These forums will provide a rather unique opportunity for us to build an anticipatory and participatory multi-layered governance framework for gene editing in particular and other socially disruptive innovations in general early in the process when the ‘should we’ and ‘we should not” options are still on the table ”

Mahmud Farooque

For more information on the US Process please visit

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