by Brett Hennig Recently, inspired by my interview on NPR—“Should we replace politicians with randomly selected citizens?”—that aired on October 13, a listener, Zach Roberts, contacted me and sent me the great graphic below, comparing the demographics of the U.S. senate with what it would look like if the U.S. senate was populated by randomly […]
We have the illusion that in an election, we are making thoughtful choices. But informed voting is an impossible dream for most of us, and likely self-delusional for those few of us who claim to be meaningfully informed.
By Ted Wachtel A number of the British voters who, in the 2016 national referendum, supported “Brexit”—the term used to describe Britain leaving the European Union—now have “buyer’s remorse.” Although Brexit succeeded by about 52 to 48 percent, current polls show that the vote, if held today, would be strongly in favor of remaining in […]
Over the course of 18 months, from October 2016 to April 2018, ninety-nine randomly selected Irish citizens did an incredible thing: They made policy recommendations to their government. And what’s more, the government listened and responded.
by Ted Wachtel Most people believe that voting is democracy, and that an election is the only way to choose office holders…but they are mistaken. The first democracy in ancient Athens chose only ten percent of their officials by election, selecting the rest by sortition—a lottery, which randomly selected citizens to serve as legislators, jurors, […]
by Ted Wachtel Most people think of Detroit, Michigan in negative terms. Like the guy who laughed when I said I was going to an international conference in Detroit. “Attractive destination,” he said, sarcastically. Despite its reputation as a struggling city, Detroit is building a new reality. I asked Kerra Bolton, an award-winning journalist and frequent CNN […]
Writer Kerra Bolton interviews Detroit’s Henry McClendon, who comments, “To me, ‘restorative’ means bringing something back to its original intent. It means helping family be a real family, helping communities resolve problems, repairing harm, and strengthening relationships.”
This is the fifth in a series of articles by Kerra L. Bolton, on her experiences with restorative practices in the city of Detroit. by Kerra L. Bolton One of the things that struck me most during my visit to Detroit in June, to document citizen-led efforts to transform the Motor City into a “restorative” […]
This is the fourth in a series of articles by Kerra L. Bolton, on her experiences with restorative practices in the city of Detroit. by Kerra L. Bolton Dr. Ronald Williams, superintendent of Hope Academy Charter School in Detroit, is a self-described “old school educator,” who spent most of his 30 years as a strict […]
“Restorative practices changes how you think,” she said. “It changes you, so that you avoid these problems in the future. If you can change your attitude and lifestyle, you can change the whole community.”