Tired of our divisive politics?

Want to feel hope for the future?

Then we've got something for you...

Tired of our divisive politics?

Want to feel hope for the future?

Then we've got something for you...

Imagine being represented by people like you

Instead of watching politicians play politics, picture us calling upon everyday Americans from all walks of life to represent our communities, our country, and our values – free from political debts and partisan pressures.

Sound impossible? It’s not…

Everyday Americans who discussed important issues facing the country in America In One Room (2019). Photos from the New York Times.

Imagine being represented by people like you

Instead of watching politicians play politics, picture us calling on everyday Americans from all walks of life to represent our communities, our country, and our values – free from political debts and partisan pressures.

Sound impossible? It’s not…

Photos: Everyday Americans who discussed important issues facing the country in America In One Room (2019). From the New York Times.

This is what's possible with democratic lotteries

This is what's possible
with democratic lotteries

The original vision of democracy in ancient Athens used lotteries to select representatives, in order to prevent corruption and division. Now lotteries are again on the rise to form Citizens’ Panels and Citizens’ Assemblies around the world.
 
These groups of everyday people investigate and shape public policy—without the campaigns, parties, and so much of what we hate about politics. And the lotteries are conducted in a way that ensures that those selected truly reflect the population.

This is the way democracy should be

People like you

They are everyday Americans from all walks of life.
Nurses, business owners, farmers, engineers, waitresses, parents, teachers, truckers, retirees…

They are everyday Americans from all walks of life. Nurses, business owners, farmers, engineers, waitresses, parents, teachers, truckers, retirees…

Weighing expert testimony

Instead of letting lobbyists or their party tell them how to vote, they inform their decisions with the testimony of a range of experts and those most impacted

Having honest conversations

They work through differences with frank yet civil discussion, with the support of skilled facilitators

Finding common ground

They converge on solutions that reflect the broad consensus of the whole group

Without
parties
donors
campaigns

Think about it. Elected politicians have to obey their party, repay their donors, and constantly score political points.

But everyday citizens selected by lottery don’t owe anything to anyone and can’t run for reelection. So they are free to actually listen to, learn from, and work with each other to solve our issues.

We're already seeing promising glimpses of this vision

We're already seeing
promising glimpses of this vision

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Citizens’ Assembly selected by lottery in Northern Ireland

This may be the first time you’ve ever heard of this vision. But over the past decade, dozens of Citizens’ Panels and Citizens’ Assemblies around the world have used democratic lotteries to empower everyday people to shape policy. For a long list of examples, click here.

Again and again, these groups have successfully sidestepped dysfunctional politics and empowered everyday people to address difficult problems head-on.

A vision rooted in America's founding ideals,
that can get to the root of our problems

A vision rooted in America's founding ideals, that can get to the root of our problems

“[A legislature] should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large. It should think, feel, reason, and act like them."
John Adams
Founding Father and our 2nd President
Thoughts on Government, 1776
"selecting parliaments by lot instead of election...would prevent the formation of self-serving and self-perpetuating political classes"
Kofi Annan
Former Secretary-General of the UN
Co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Athens Democracy Forum, 2017
"If we had a lottery a whole lot of people right now who feel disenfranchised would feel enfranchised."
Malcolm Gladwell
Bestselling Author
Revisionist History Podcast, 2020

A vision supported by
your fellow Americans

A vision supported by your fellow Americans

A nationally-representative poll conducted by one of the most respected polling companies, SurveyUSA, showed that when asked, most Americans support the use of democratic lotteries to select our representatives—even at the highest levels of government.

This vision resonates across the political spectrum, with equal support from both liberals and conservatives, even more support from independents, and only a sliver of opposition in each camp. Check it out for yourself.

“Compared to having elected politicians in Congress, everyday Americans selected in a democratic lottery would be…”

And you're about to see this vision come to life

And you're about to see
this vision come to life

We’re convening a Citizens’ Panel on COVID-19, that will bring together 30 everyday Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. They will weigh testimony from health and economic experts, have honest conversations, and find common ground. Together, they will guide their communities, their state, and others across the country.

This Panel will take place in Michigan, a state that in many ways reflects our country and is deeply divided over COVID-19. The Panel was selected in a democratic lottery on Tuesday, September 15th, and will have its first session on September 29th.

So if you're ready to feel hopeful for a change,
now's your chance to play a part

So if you're ready to feel hopeful for a change, now's your chance to play a part