Ted Wachtel responds to David Heekin’s concerns about sortition in his “Pie In The Sky” blog post.
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 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 […]
Europeans realize the limits of our current democratic institutions. David van Reybrouck, the Belgian author of Against Elections, said, “There is a huge dislike of political parties and politicians.” To learn more, watch the video or read the text version.
Lee Atwater, dying of cancer, apologized for attack ads and political warfare that pressure good people to abandon public service to those with thicker skins and harder hearts. To learn more, watch the video below or read the text version.