G1000 Kick Off in the UK - Cambridge, September 24th

against-elections.jpgIf Brexit proved anything, it proved that what Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels say in Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government is true. People do not vote after careful consideration of facts and options, they vote to affirm their membership of various social groups and express agreement with the opinions of those groups, which may have little or nothing to do with the issue at hand being voted upon.

As David Van Reybrouck expressed so eloquently in his article, Why elections are bad for democracy (an extract from his book Against Elections) there is something very wrong with voting and elections and there is a much better way to do democracy: select a representative random sample of ordinary people, provide them with balanced information, and let them deliberate together to find out not what people do think, but what they would think, if given the time and information together with a good deliberative process.

From 11am to 4pm on September 24th, in Cambridge at the Six Bells Pub, a group of volunteers will meet to kick-off the process of bringing Van Reybrouck's brainchild - a G1000 - to the UK for the first time. The dream is to bring a randomly selected group of 1000 residents together for one day in early 2017, to deliberate and decide together what is best for Cambridge.

But we need your help to make it a reality. We need people to donate their time and their energy to help organise such an event. We will need fundraisers, social media ambassadors, technicians, volunteers, cooks and a whole host of other help. Can you be one of these people? If so please join us, get in touch or come along to the G1000 Kick-off in Cambridge on September 24th.

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  • Brett Hennig
    Good questions Helene. We are chasing the authority by contacting local councillors and trying to convince them to table the top 10 ideas at a council meeting – this will be an ongoing process. At the Dutch G1000s the participants discuss what is important for the community, then come up with specific proposals about how to achieve these ideas, then meet later with councillors to turn the most popular proposals into concrete policy. Our dream would be to emulate that process in Cambridge.
  • Helene Meier
    What is it specifically that you want these 1,000 to decide? What authority have they been granted that such a decision be implemented?
  • Brett Hennig