Tuesday, 26 April 2016
The End of Politicians - coming soon to the UK!
Thanks again for supporting my book. I thought you might be interested in watching the original video I made several months ago to promote the Sortition Foundation, which I re-edited to make my pledge video (linked above, or at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12V9rV_bp_M). The quotes in the second half get me every time.
As to the title of this post - that the End of Politicians is coming soon to the UK - well, okay, perhaps "soon" is a tad optimistic.
But the basic ideas promoted in the book - that a random, representative sample of citizens would make better decisions than our politicians - is on the way to being trialled in the UK. On the 10th and 11th of June, Harm van Dijk and Jerphaas Donner, the founders of the G1000 in the Netherlands, are coming to the UK to help launch the G1000 in the UK. The aim of the G1000 is to bring a representative, random selection of people from a community together to deliberate about what they think is important for their area. Two open public meetings with Harm and Jerphaas will be held where you can find out more about these exciting events: in Cambridge from 7-9pm on Friday 10th June (venue TBC), and in London from 2-4pm on Saturday 11th June (venue also TBC). See http://www.g1000.uk/ for more information.
And the book? We are at 75%. Please help get it to 100% by telling all your friends about this "short, powerfully argued and carefully researched" book: https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-end-of-politicians The crowd-funding finish line is in sight!