Equality by Lot‘s first decade – a call for review input

The first post on Equality by Lot was published ten years ago, on December 14th, 2009. Over a thousand posts were published since, and happily enough sortition has made great strides in the public sphere worldwide.

This year, in addition to the yearly summary of the sortition-related ongoings, I would like to publish a decennial summary. You are all invited to register your input as to what are the important sortition-related things to note – over the last year as well as over the last decade. Please either post your input as a comment to this post or send it to me via email.

For previous years’ summaries see: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

2 Responses

  1. Great news that we’ve hit the 10 year milestone — massive thanks to Yoram for all his hard work! It strikes me that the biggest change is that sortition has now gone mainstream — It was around 8-9 years ago that I asked Jules Townsend and Joe Femia, the organisers of the Manchester Political Theory workshops, if we could have a sortition panel. Although they agreed, Jules admitted later that he had no idea what sortition was — he’d never heard of it before. And now it comes up regularly in the mainstream media.

    Hopefully by the time we hit 20 years, spellcheck will have learned not to change sortition to sortation!

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  2. I had expected the “21st Century Democracy Conference” — held at the Biblioteca Alexandria in December 2015 — to highlight and investigate the use of sortition in policy-making. I had the honor of facilitating a session on that. But unfortunately that session was held at the end of the event when attention was flagging. The presence of several high-profile former heads of state meant that they and their issues had taken precedence throughout the conference.
    Nonetheless, that conference offered the opportunity for several Equality-by-Lot bloggers to meet face-to-face. The discussions we had among ourselves were invaluable in establishing friendships and laying groundwork for future work.

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