By Kerra L. Bolton Americans are addicted to the idea of voting. Voting represents ownership of the public policy and lawmaking processes. It denotes exclusive (citizen) membership in the American experiment of democracy. African Americans and women have died for the right to vote. Recently, however, voting has become performative. We like to be seen […]
There is a plethora of ideas among those of us who are interested in building a new reality, using strategies with different names and in different settings, but all with a common thread—an emphasis on opportunities for people to talk to each other.
Another New Writer for BuildingANewReality.com by Ted Wachtel David Heekin I am pleased to introduce David Heekin, retired Continental Airlines and former United States Air Force pilot, occasional writer and frequent curmudgeon. I trust you’ll enjoy his humor and willingness to challenge. I asked him to write his reaction to our recent series of BANR […]
Modern democracies cannot continue to disappoint their citizens and survive. They must change.
By Kerra L. Bolton When Ted Wachtel, founder of Building a New Reality (BANR), first mentioned “sortition,” I thought he was referring to the magical hat in the Harry Potter novels and movies, used to sort Hogwarts students into their appropriate houses. Turns out sortition is “the use of random selection to populate assemblies or […]
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 Brett Hennig 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. The most well-known proposal put forth by this Irish Citizens’ Assembly was that the Irish constitutional […]
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, […]