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Dr Brett Hennig (taxi driver, software engineer, social justice activist, mathematics tutor, PhD in astrophysics) is a director and co-founder of the Sortition Foundation whose aim is to promote the use of Citizens' Assemblies to resolve contentious political issues. He has been studying and following the global use of such forums for several years. He is the author of 'The End of Politicians', a book he has written on the subject.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Source: YouTube/DemocracyTalk

Published on Nov 11, 2016

Government of the people, by the people, for the people - seems like a good basic principle for "democracy". Yet many groups of citizens, in different representative democracies around the world, don't seem too happy with their current versions of "kratos" in the hands of the "demos".

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newDemocracy's Research Director, Lyn Carson, was commissioned by Mosaic Lab to develop a critical thinking exercise for citizens' juries. The exercise was designed to enhance the analytical capacity of everyday citizens.

It was first trialled in Hobsons Bay (Victoria) in August 2016, then in Adelaide (South Australia) in October 2016.

This film was developed by newDemocracy (with creative input from Brett Hennig) and can be used as one element of the critical thinking exercise.