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Democracy Rising 32: Sortition for a Steady-State Economy?

How about it: Shall we leave the establishment of a steady state economy to the pro-growth “representative” democracies?  Or should we sort it out ourselves?

April 30, 2024

deliberative democracy

Democracy Rising 31: Wicked Problems, Wise Communities, Part 3

I would argue our best long-term hope of improving our national system is for  more and more local communities to build up robust and productive deliberative systems, to the point that people see the viability and positive impacts of the deliberative alternative, build up their skills to engage each other, and re-establish their trust in each other and key institutions.

November 8, 2023

people talking

Democracy Rising 30: Wicked Problems, Wise Communities, Part 2

If we set out to design processes to ensure horrible, unproductive conversations that keep us from addressing shared problems well, our current national system would do very well.

October 2, 2023

deliberative democracy

Democracy Rising 29: Wicked Problems, Wise Communities, Part 1

At this point in the ongoing democratic experiments in the United States and around the world, two things have become exceedingly clear: democracy requires high-quality communication, and we do not get close to the necessary quality naturally.

September 5, 2023


Democracy Rising 28: AI, Gossip, and Our Epistemological Crisis

ChatGPT and its successors and rivals, whatever their virtues, are the latest agents in the corruption of the public sphere by digital technology, threatening to extend and deepen the misinformation, fabulism, and division stoked by Twitter and other digital media.

May 2, 2023


Democracy Rising 27: The Garden of Democracy

Think of it as a garden: you start with the soil, preparing it for seeding, and you work with the grassroots, cultivating a crop and nurturing it carefully over time. Democracy is more like an annual crop than a perennial one; it needs to be refreshed periodically. It won’t keep thriving if it’s left alone.

November 4, 2022

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