Malcolm Gladwell talks to Adam Cronkright on Democratic Lotteries

In Bolivia, a political activist radically reforms the voting process for… student council elections. Who else does he convince? Revisionist History. And maybe a fancy private school in New Jersey. http://leopard.megaphone.fm/CAD9439991498.mp3 Revisionist History, Season 5, Episode 3: The Powerball Revolution https://player.vimeo.com/video/432359397?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Student Government Lotteries (https://player.vimeo.com/video/432359397?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0) Student Government...

Politics Without Politicians

The political scientist Hélène Landemore asks, If government is for the people, why can’t the people do the governing? By Nathan Heller, in The New Yorker, February 19, 2020 Imagine being a citizen of a diverse, wealthy, democratic nation filled with eager leaders. At least once a year—in autumn, say—it is your right and...

The problem with knowing – and not knowing – a great deal about a complex policy matter, and how to overcome it

Lyn Carson, in The Mandarin 20th December 2019 If we know a great deal about something, we close our minds to alternative pathways, we share our knowledge with people who support our opinion (confirmation bias), and our creativity is constricted because we think we know what’s possible and dismiss anything that sounds unrealistic. Lyn Carson shoes...

Bipartisan support for plan to save democracy

Longer terms for federal Parliament, an independent speaker and Senate president, curbs on donations and even changing the seating arrangements for MPs are among the recommendations of a panel of academics, former politicians and industry chiefs designed to restore faith in Australia’s “fraying” democracy. A report entitled Reforming our Democracy and published by the...

Jay’s new democracy project

Former Premier Jay Weatherill may have retired from politics, but he hasn’t left democracy behind. Indeed, he is hoping to make a new career of it. Weatherill formally left parliament in December, but effectively stepped away from political life a year ago this week, when he relinquished the ALP leadership after leading his party...

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