Marcin Gerwin holds a PhD in political studies. His main areas of interest are deliberative democracy, sustainability, permaculture, restorative justice and mindfulness. He is a co-founder of Sopocka Inicjatywa Rozwojowa, an informal group of residents in the city of Sopot (North of Poland), which lead to organizing a first participatory budgeting process on the city level in Poland. He is currently involved in promoting citizens' assemblies with a group of citizens' chosen by lot as a way to improve democracy. He initiated and co-organized the citizens' assembly in the city of Gdańsk last year. He is also involved in campaigning for animal welfare.