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 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 […]
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.