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DWE NEWSLETTER: JULY, 2021

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This month's newsletter features the following sections: Announcements, State of the Organization, and DL (Democratic Lottery) Roundup of articles, papers, and reports of interest. To see the accompanying graphics, be sure your email client or browser is set to display images. 

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Welcome to the DWE newsletter. Your feedback and input is appreciated. Please send your responses to content and relevant links to articles, papers, and reports of interest, as well as proposals for "Ideas to Consider" articles and other features to the Editor

DWE July Board Meeting


Wednesday, July 7,  6:00-7:00 PM Eastern (3:00-4:00 PM Pacific)
 
Zoom link:

 
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DWE July Monthly Meeting

Sunday, July 18, 4:00-5:30 PM Eastern (1:00-2:30 PM Pacific)

Zoom link:
Featuring a Presentation by Scott Trimble and Terry Hulsey:
Pros and Cons of Stratification

If you missed the June presentation "What is stratified sampling? And why should we care?" by Madeline McCarren, you can view her slides here:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1GedC9yUQp1NrkKXDU2gAl95XpCx_cRWVYWdJbP-Y9iY/edit?usp=sharing
 
For our July meeting, we will have a 20 to 25-minute discussion about stratification featuring Scott Trimble and Terry Hulsey. Terry will illustrate the shortcomings of each of the commonly used stratifications: Age, location, gender, education level, income, motivation, and ethnicity. He will argue that if a citizen jury is truly random, no further manipulation of its membership is necessary, and that indeed further manipulation impairs the very de-politicizing benefits of randomized selection. He will argue that stratification implies two very different purposes, one of which is self-defeating. Scholars who are opposed to stratification include Oliver Dowlen (The Political Potential of Sortition) and Peter Stone (The Luck of the Draw).

Scott will present the case for stratification. They will argue that using this method in democratic lotteries will produce better results. We should take advantage of this tool to guarantee that every assembly accurately reflects the population. They will also attempt to show that it will be useful when talking to the public about democratic lotteries. Many people who are new to the idea have concerns about using a random process. Explaining how we can prevent unwanted outcomes will help to ease their fears.
Please submit suggestions for next month's presentation HERE.
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Speed Community

Sunday, July 18, 3:45-4:00 PM Eastern (12:45-1:00 PM Pacific)

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81266440728?pwd=TE1BSDBtN3FDTmw5a1ZKdWd3YkZzQT09
Meeting ID: 812 6644 0728, Passcode: 908127
 

 
Speed Community happens fifteen minutes before the Monthly Meeting. Join us on Sunday, July 18 for some fun and meet other Members in an entirely different way! It is the same Zoom link as the Monthly Meeting.
Want to be in a Citizens’ Assembly?
 
We talk a lot about citizens’ assemblies, but how many of us have seen one from the inside? Now we can get you on the inside, without bribing the selection official!

We are arranging a Mock Citizens’ Assembly with Healthy Democracy, the largest group in the United States that runs citizens' assemblies. It would take place for 8 hours across two Saturdays in a row, 4 hours each day. It would be authentic except that a lottery would not choose participants, there would be no final report, and it is shortened. The cost would probably be $195 per person and be online.

A citizens’ assembly uses moderators to allow work in small groups. Healthy Democracy is also willing to offer a 4 hour moderator training class before the citizens’ assembly. These people will spend some of their time moderating the Mock CA as well as spending time being a participant in the Mock CA. The moderator training is also shortened and it does not qualify one to be a CA moderator. The cost will probably be $295 for both the moderator training and the Mock CA, and is not available separately.

We need to find out who is interested in participating so that we can make arrangements. If you are interested, please complete this survey.

Owen Shaffer
Operations Coordinator
 
DWE NEEDS YOU!

Several important positions that require a few hours a week need to be filled. Contact Owen for more information: 
 
  • We need a Webmaster to maintain our new website, and make additions and alterations in conjunction with the Coordination and Outreach Committees. Familiarity with Wordpress a plus but not required--we'll train you up. An excellent opportunity to learn vital web skills.
  • Are you an accountant or bookkeeper, or just a financial wizard? DWE is in the market for someone to set up our financial system and become our Treasurer.
  • We need a Cyber Security Consultant to advise the Webmaster on website security. So, if you have expertise in this area, and are willing to make yourself available on occasion, please let us know.
 
Please submit suggested links for next month's roundup HERE.
from Equality by Lot:

Lottocracy: Lectures by Alex Guerrero
 
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