Author Archives: Common Lot Sortitionist

About Common Lot Sortitionist

Former public television producer-director; initiating culminating career, Common Lot Productions, towards policy-making bodies that are of, BY and for the people.

Random Takes Off

RANDOM TAKES OFF (political action screenplay) What if we selected representatives the way the first democracy did? The way we choose juries? In this screenplay one of the five hundred chosen for the first Citizen Legislature is a farm boy, … Continue reading

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The Fight for Random – screenplay

Ethnically shape-shifting Stride and his ragtag bunch of Peace Parasites nonviolently fight against the moneyed powers-that-be to make democracy real. It takes a solar-powered blimp, time travel, levitation, a soulful blues band on a river barge, and a passel of … Continue reading

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Eight choices

The Fight for Random – wild magical realist screenplay Random Takes Off – political action drama screenplay Democracy at Random – road trip screenplay Random Takes Baltimore – municipal version of “Takes Off” screenplay Next Step for Democracy – a … Continue reading

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Sortition in eight flavors

I am publishing four screenplays, a short stage play, a long essay, a novella and a novel – all envisioning the pros and cons of using sortition (random selection) to ensure more accurately representative legislatures. The genres run from wild … Continue reading

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“On the Citizen House: A Disquisitional Fiction” by David Grant

On the Citizen House: A Disquisitive Fiction is a novella of ideas in the form of socratic dialogue wrapped up in a road trip. Formatted as a proto-screenplay, description is sparse, characterization thin. Dialogue and visuals dominate. The Citizen House … Continue reading

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Irish Constitutional Convention was selected via sortition

The Irish vote for marriage equality started at a constitutional convention. The convention was selected by sortition — by random selection … ensuring dispassionate, informed deliberation by statistically-representative citizenry.

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Sortition to choose citizen jury to blacklist corrupt politicians in South Korea elections

In the new book by Shaazke Beyerle, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice, a randomly chosen group of regular citizens — from a matrix reflecting the whole population — served as a ‘citizen jury’ that confirmed results of an … Continue reading

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“J’ai pas voté” (I didn’t vote) – 46 minute video

This is a well produced video — with many graphics — assessing the current crisis in politics from the French perspective. Sortition is proposed as a solution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzcN-0Bq1cw&list=PLBC0c3-Df5twj6_tS0FO64Xl66xjkqVPo

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Sortition insured fair jury for indictment of Texas governor

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/us/with-governors-indictment-scrutiny-of-grand-jury-system.html

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Analysis programme BBC R4 24 Feb 2014 – feedback

Originally posted on Equality by lot:
A splendid piece with excellent contributions from Barbara and Peter. (I spoke to the producer and gave him a lot of pointers, but couldn’t do the interview because of a 3-week break in Tenerife)…

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