2010 review – upcoming

As 2010, the first year of Equality-by-Lot, comes to an end, I thought it would be appropriate to have some sort of review. Any ideas about how to conduct this review are welcome, but here are my thoughts.

One element of the review can be a statistical summary of some sort: a count of posts, comments, contributors, etc. The WordPress system provides some data, and other data I can collect manually. Another part of the review could be a list of 2010 posts and comments on this blog that are worth mentioning again. In order to form this list, I invite anyone who posted an entry or a comment on this blog to select their one favorite post (that is, the post or comment that they wrote and that they hold most dear), and to either send me an email with a link or link to it in the comments here. You can also add a short paragraph explaining why the post or comment are of particular interest. I will collect all the entries and compile a list that will appear the review.

Finally, please also write in the comments or through email about any 2010 event, news item, website, or any other item related to sortition or distribution-by-lot that occurred or appeared over the last year. A list of those could be the third part of the review post (or posts).

The comments section of the review post could be used as a discussion forum about the past and future of the blog in particular and of the sortition and distribution-by-lot ideas in general.

5 Responses

  1. Great idea. A more-or-less formal essay or book (We need some form of hard copy.) is now in order to codify a manifesto for Election by Lottery in the same vein of publicity and recognition as the FLAT TAX and FAIR TAX currently enjoy. The nuts-and-bolts of such an undertaking may require the clout of some organizational “authority” (existing or invented) to ballyhoo the subject. No big thing. hdh


  2. Well, I’d say the most significant work on lotteries to appear this year were the Delannoi and Dowlen collection of papers on lotteries (SORTITION: THEORY AND PRACTICE) and the symposium in the journal CONSTELLATIONS on the subject. There’s been a fair amount of discussion of the latter here–I still have one more paper upon which to comment–but the former has not received enough attention. Perhaps that should change. (Full disclosure: I have a paper in the Delannoi/Dowlen volume.)


  3. Harvey,

    I agree. An Election-by-Lottery manifesto would be useful – perhaps with a catchy single page summary that could be foisted on unsuspecting passers-by. As you may remember, I suggested composing such a document back in August, but got no takers.

    Back in 2006 I wrote a sort of a polemic for sortition – that can be used as a starting point if no better one is available. If you would like to take the initiative and write some sort of a draft, I would be happy to collaborate.


  4. Peter, thanks for the input. I have had a look at the book including at your paper.


  5. […] review – sortition-related events Posted on December 31, 2010 by Yoram Gat My call for proposals of mention-worthy lottery-related 2010 events garnered one response. Below are, therefore, Peter Stone’s proposal and mine. Happy New Year, […]


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