Deliberative polling is an essential ingredient of building a new reality. It has the potential to revitalize culture, improve public discourse, and generate better solutions to our most urgent problems, because it relies on the collective wisdom of an informed crowd.
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 In the original democracy in ancient Athens, Greece, most public officials were not elected. Instead, they were selected by random lottery from among the citizenry, to serve as legislators, jurors and in other roles. Critics of democracy since the Greek philosopher Plato have argued that “the people are neither sufficiently informed nor […]
Political scientist James Fishkin says, “The public is very smart if you give it a chance… If people think their voice actually matters, they’ll do the hard work.” To learn more, watch the video below or read the text version.