Past Meetup

Back to the Future for a Real Democracy?

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Conway Hall

25 Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL · London

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The event will be in Brockway Hall on the ground floor

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Democracy, like all powerful terms, is a slippery word to get a grip on. What is the essence of democracy? What are the ideals?

Writer and speaker Brett Hennig will take us on a voyage revealing democracy’s intriguing and complicated history to explore these questions and discover how we got to where we are. This trip will lead us all the way back to ancient Athens, where they used rotation and random selection (also called sortition) to allocate almost all of their political positions.

Brett will then take a massive jump back to the future to see how the rediscovery of sortition in modern democratic experiments shows us a way to potentially fix the broken system we have inherited and to institute a real democracy. This would spell the end of politicians. Would you vote for that?

Note: This Conway Hall "Thinking on Sunday" event is supported by London Futurists and GlobalNet21.

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== About the speaker ==

Recent TEDx speaker Brett Hennig is a director and co-founder of the Sortition Foundation, whose aim is to promote the ideas developed in his recent book The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy, and to institute the use of stratified, random selection of individuals to form our government.

Before co-founding the Sortition Foundation, Brett wore a variety of hats: as a taxi driver, a software engineer, a social justice activist, a mathematics tutor, and the primary carer of four boys; he finished his PhD in astrophysics just before his first son arrived.

Brett has spent the last several years investigating and researching network forms of democracy. He is flying in from Budapest to present what will form the basis of this event.

== Logistics ==

Doors 10.30am. Start 11am.

Entry £3, £2 concessions, free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members.

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.

Event is subject to capacity, without exceptions. Space will be reserved for ticket holders.

** To reduce the chance of misunderstanding, RSVPs have been disabled on this meetup page. **

To register to attend, whilst tickets are still available, visit

Brockway Room (Ground floor – accessible. Induction loop audio).

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