As the year comes to a close the Sortition Foundation reflects on what we think are the most exciting sortition events of 2015, and outlines our plans for next year.
Sortition 2015 highlights
Sortition thrived in 2015. Here are just a handful of the highlights:
- In the UK two pilot citizens’ assemblies were successfully held and, as seems usual with these events, observers and participants were all impressed that a random selection of ordinary people can make good deliberators and come to legitimate decisions.
- One proposal that came from the Irish Constitutional Convention (two thirds chosen by sortition) to alter the constitution to allow same-sex marriage was put to a referendum and passed. A representative sample of people spoke and the population listened.
- As it has been doing for years now, the newDemocracy Foundation continued to organise and run many events using sortition all over Australia at every level of government. Our favourite outcome was when the City of Melbourne approved a AU$4billion 10-year plan made by a randomly selected policy jury.
Sortition Foundation Plans
In 2015 we have mostly been getting our systems in place (online and offline) and spreading the word. We made this video:
and these postcards:
In 2016 things should move up a notch. Here are our current plans:
- Finalise our Strategy and Campaign Plan in January.
- Organise the first UK Citizens’ Parliament: http://www.citizensparliament.uk/
- Organise and launch a campaign to replace the House of Lords in the UK with such a Citizens’ Parliament.
- Spawn a Canadian Chapter of the Sortition Foundation to campaign for the replacement of the Canadian Senate with a Citizens’ Parliament.
- Run a membership drive before we hold our first Annual General Meeting and celebrate our first year of existence!
If you want to help with any of these projects please get in touch.