Brett Hennig

Brett Hennig

Role: Co-founder and Co-director
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Languages: English and Italian

Brett Hennig co-founded and directs the Sortition Foundation, which campaigns to institute the use of stratified, random selection (also called sortition) in government. Before co-founding the Sortition Foundation, Brett Hennig wore a variety of hats: as a taxi driver, a software engineer, a social justice activist, a mathematics tutor and the primary carer of four boys. He finished his PhD in astrophysics just before his first son arrived.

He spent several years investigating and researching network forms of democracy and the resulting book, "The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy", has been called "a book for visionaries" by New Internationalist contributing editor James Kelsey-Fry and described as "a powerful critique and provocative alternative" by Professor Erik Olin Wright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hennig has given many talks promoting sortition and has contributed a chapter, "Who needs elections? Accountability, Equality, and Legitimacy under Sortition," to the forthcoming book "Legislature by Lot: Transformative Designs for Deliberative Governance" (Verso, 2019).