San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Policy Seminar: SORTITION
Wednesday March 22nd 2017. 10.30am (for 11am start) – 1pm.
Room 11. Mary Ward Centre. 42 Queens Square. NW1N 3AQ.
Definition: Sortition - the action of selecting or determining something by the casting or drawing of lots.
Citizens are increasingly asked to participate in government and civil society beyond just voting in elections. How can we increase the numbers and diversity of people who get involved and avoid drawing on the familiar pool of active citizens? As policy driven ‘resident-led’ initiatives proliferate - like Big Local and Communities First, service user involvement and co-production of public services, restorative justice and citizens’ panels – how can we draw more people into the pool.
VAC and a Camden Big Local initiative have started to explore the pros and cons of random selection, or Sortition. We want to broaden the debate, include different aspects of citizen participation and democratic process, and look at the potential for using Sortition.
11.15am: Sortition (Olly Dowlen, author of The Political Potential of Sortition).
11.35am: Pros and Cons (group exercise on delegate perspectives).
11.55am: 3 case studies.
12.20pm: What’s working? What’s not? Can we Sortition? (small groups exercise for using Sortition).
12.55pm: Next steps and close.
At 2.30pm there will be a Sortition meeting / workshop in Room 15 which all participants are welcome to attend.
Sorry but no refreshments can be served in the rooms. There’s a great café downstairs though!
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