Democracy is not just voting. It’s acting on the informed general will of the people. Democracy R&D is a collection of organizations around the world working to find out how we can do democracy better.

We work independently but agree to this common set of principles:

  1. We use sortition (randomly selected juries), to assemble representative groups of people rather than just the active participation elites.
  2. We use deliberation, giving people time and information to ensure we run the exact opposite of an opinion poll.
  3. We use rotation, because representation and decision making for the public should not only be a professional role for the elite.
  4. We run practical trials and real projects – we learn by doing and continually testing.
  5. We are non-partisan and express no position on any policy outside of the need for democratic innovation.