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A Better Democracy Is Possible Part 2: From Theory to Real World Application

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In Episode 2 of A Better Democracy Is Possible, Antoine Vergne from Missions Publique and our sortition expert Ahmed Radi Teleb continue the conversation about new democracy initiatives. They highlight current efforts by the European Commission to engage citizens throughout the European Union in the EU decision-making process regarding issues such as the reduction of food waste and the future of the internet. Other topics include the feeling of democratic euphoria that results when citizens participate in citizens assemblies as well as the evolutionary basis for democratic deliberation.

Additional resources about sortition and deliberation are listed in the show notes below:

US Citizen Juries/Assemblies

Eugen, OR Citizen Panel on Housing:

Michigan's Lottery-based Independent Citizens' Redistricting Commission:

Center for New Democratic Processes (formerly the Jefferson Center):

US Organizations advocating for minipublics etc.

Democracy Without Elections:

Healthy Democracy:

Belgian Permanent Citizens' Council:

DE Citizen Juries/Buergerraete/Citizens' Assemblies:

Recent/Contemporary Buergerraete (non-exhaustive list):

Losland (lot-land in English):

Mehr Demokratie:

German Citizens' Assembly on Climate:

Critiques of elections:

Against Elections, David Van Reybrouck:

Rebooting Democracy, Manuel Arriaga:

Arguments for sortition

Open Democracy, Helene Landemore:

Hope for Democracy, Gastil and Knobloch:

Types of minipublics pdf (frp, New Democracy Foundation in Australia)

Critiques of sortition

Democracy without Shortcuts, Christina LaFont:

Do-It-Yourself Democracy, Caroline Lee:

Legislate by Lot, John Gastil et. al.

Political Agoraphobia

Hatred of Democracy, Jacques Ranciere:

Politics in the Pluriverse, Kennan Ferguson:

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Andrew Sola explores the past, present, and future of relations between Europe and the United States with scholars, artists, authors, politicians, journalists, and business leaders. Based at the Amerikazentrum in Hamburg, the Trans-Atlanticist provides you with insights from the thought leaders who are shaping the trans-Atlantic relationship every single day.

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