About eight years ago I was lost. I had come up with a really neat approach to choosing those who govern us, and I called it randomocracy. I could not find like-minded people. I hadn’t known that the idea was over 2000 years old, and I eventually found that others before me thought of the word randomocracy. I struggled through years of darkness. Then about 4 years ago I discovered the Sortition Foundation, the group that started our movement in the US.
My story is not unique. In retrospect, however, it makes me really appreciate where we are, recognize that we have a long way to go and happy that I am no longer alone! There are over 100 of us!
We face some challenges as we move forward. We need more women in our organization and on our Board of Directors. We need several people to focus on improving our message; our slow growth shows that it has yet to succeed. We have to join forces to work together to build approaches to convincing local, state and federal politicians to try a citizens’ assembly to solve one of their intractable problems like police reform, confederate monuments, or medical care. We need to encourage unions, student councils and organizations that we know a better way to make decisions.
Back in Ancient Greece, Aristotle emphasized selection by lottery as a test of democracy. While that idea is pivotal to who we are, he had another idea that can help us: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” We can get this organization to be bigger than all of us by each of us seeking ways to make a contribution. Make connections on our Facebook Group
. Join an existing, or form a new, Interest Group
. Start a Chapter in your area. Encourage others to join our organization. Give an online talk to your Kiwanis club.
-- Owen Shaffer
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