Submitted by jroland on

Sortition is using a random method of either making public decisions or in selecting the individuals who will make them, usually the latter. Trial and grand juries are supposed to be selected that way, with some filtering steps in the process. Historically, it has been used as a way to reduce the undue influence of those most affected by public decisioins, who may invest the most to influence such decisions, often in ways some would consider corrupt. This site examines the long history of the use of varieties of sortition, how they worked, and what other varieties we might adopt to solve our own public choice problems.

Sortition was used by the ancient Athenians for a period in their history, and it seemed to work well. Our logo is a sculture of the head throught to be that of the Athenian lawgiver Solon, who may have devised that practice.