The “Looking at Democracy” contest chose its winners last week. You can view them by clicking here.
Unfortunately none of my three video entries promoting sortition (http://bit.ly/12cm9KW, http://bit.ly/107tsEP, http://bit.ly/10kD782) were chosen. It seems the judges steered away from any proposals for fundamental or structural change.
My plans now are to continue on the journey I started in the mid-1980’s when I wrote The Common Lot as a novel (as yet unpublished) with the premise of what it would be like to have a sortitionally-chosen legislative jury of ordinary citizens. Since then I’ve written other versions and two screenplays. I will focus now on producing one of those scripts.
I dearly want to instigate a broad review of what makes a democracy real. Should any of you want to join in the pursuit of producing or supporting my feature film, please contact me.
In the meantime, my 10,000 word essay, “Why Elections Are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real” is available on Amazon Kindle. It usually sells for $2.99 but, until midnight EDT (0400 GMT), Monday, 24 June it is available for free. Click here to download the essay for free. [I can also send a PDF. For that, contact me directly.]