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Brett Hennig

Author, activist

Introduction:

Brett's talk will be in English.

As the leader and co-founder of the UK-based non-profit Sortition Foundation, Brett Hennig promotes the use of sortition – stratified random selection – to populate assemblies and fill political positions. Brett is convinced that democracy in the 21st century requires innovation and he calls for an end to antiquated, undemocratic institutions over-reliant on a small number of elected leaders. He envisions a world free from partisan politicking, where a representative random sample of everyday people make decisions about local, regional and national issues in an informed, deliberative and fair environment. There is a wealth of evidence from many recent citizens’ assemblies held in various countries that this method works: ordinary people can and do make trusted, well-founded and balanced decisions.  

After spending several disheartening years trying to influence political decisions both from within the system and from the outside, Brett became inspired by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s trilogy on political philosophy and began investigating and researching network forms of democracy. His book The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy, published by crowdfunding-based publishing house Unbound, is the result of those years of work. In the book Brett takes stock of democracy’s past and present and shows how ordinary citizens can regain control of their government.

Before co-founding the Sortition Foundation, Brett Hennig wore a variety of hats: he worked as a taxi driver, a software engineer, a social justice activist, a mathematics tutor and the primary carer of four boys. He graduated with a PhD in astrophysics.

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