by Ted Wachtel James Surowiecki wrote the book on large group decision-making. In The Wisdom of Crowds, named “Best Business Book of 2004” by both Forbes and BusinessWeek, he argues that large groups of ordinary people—given the right conditions—make better decisions than experts. He describes the surprising wisdom of large groups, starting with the famous […]
By Ted Wachtel Texas is famous for its divisive politics. Moderates are seen by many as spineless. Texas populist Jim Hightower says that in his state, “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.” So how is it possible that Texas—one of the original gas and oil states—is now […]
by Ted Wachtel Inchworm, inchworm Measuring the marigolds. Seems to me you’d stop and see How beautiful they are. “If you cannot count it, it does not count,” is the official school motto. Without measurement, schools would not be schools. I estimate that I spent the equivalent of between one and two full school years […]
by Ted Wachtel Giving people more voice is not just a matter of social justice or political correctness. It’s a good practice because everything works better when you do it. The fundamental premise of the Building A New Reality Foundation (BANR) is that people are happier, more productive and cooperative, and more likely to make positive […]
by Ted Wachtel Many people believe the current system of government and elections is broken. Perhaps we can fix democracy with more democracy. To learn how, please watch the video or read the text below the video. VIDEO TEXT: In the original democracy in ancient Athens, Greece, most public officials were not elected. Instead, they were selected […]
In an IIRP eForum news article, Joshua Wachtel writes: “Nursing homes, even very nice ones, tend to regiment life for their residents, based on the rhythms established by the institution. But at Maranatha House Aged Care Facility, staff have taken a different approach to help residents ‘live life my way, made easy,’ to paraphrase the organization’s […]
Those who see technology as the solution to humanity’s problems simply don’t get it. They talk about building colonies on Mars and beyond as the way to a better future. The problem with that plan is that we will have to take ourselves with us.
Is it possible to choose a President without an election? Sortition can transform the Electoral College into the deliberative body the Founders had in mind for choosing a president.
How I long for the days of the good old NRA, when it was dedicated to making us safer, rather than endangering us.
Elections foster more conflict than conversation. However, under the right conditions, people with different political views can have a good conversation and even get to like one another.