International Sortition Network — Launch Event

International Sortition Network — Launch Event

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This is the first of a recurring event aimed at an international network of democracy activists campaigning for the use of sortition.

About this event

All around the world, democracy is undergoing a process of rejuvenation: citizens' assemblies, people's panels, and others types of deliberative mini-publics with citizens selected by lot are created. These demonstrate how everyday people from all walks of life can make decisions, shape policies, and provide political mandate to politicians in the interest of the wider society.

Who is this for?

This event tries to bring together activists and campaigners working on sortition and similar methods around the world. Anyone with a basic understanding of deliberative mini-publics and with an interest in making these more widely used is welcome to attend.

What to expect?

This event will provide opportunity to

  • learn about campaigns for democratic lotteries around the world,
  • network with others who believe in the use of sortition, and
  • hear about ongoing projects and opportunities for collaboration.

Our first event will present campaign work done by the Sortition Foundation in Scotland, and will include a presentation by campaign manager James Robertson.

Following on from this initial launch event, the target for future events will be to invite contributions from many other campaigners, advocates, and movements around the world to present on their successful campaign strategies.