Few people know it, but Belgium is the only country in the world to have a permanent assembly of citizens chosen by lot in one of its institutions – the German-speaking Community. Surprising, for a country better known for its institutional complexity, its huge number of elected representatives and its political and financial scandals. At a time when citizen-voters have never been so distrustful and disillusioned, François Gonce takes us on a tour of the initiatives that have made Belgium a pioneer in democratic innovation. What is their real impact and what lessons can we learn from them? Can they be replicated on a larger scale to reinvent a moribund democracy in the four corners of the globe?