Our association wants to empower people and bring them to local and/or global politics. To accomplish this goal we offer two practical methods. These methods both use a systematic rotation of power so that everybody rules one after another, and drawing by lot, aka sortition, so that everybody has a chance.

Methods to foster convergence. Credit: AnUnknownScientist CC-BY

I. Rotating facilitation

The facilitator gives the floor to people asking to speak or request to hear someone’s opinion. However, their work doesn’t end there and they can also choose to keep or change the topic(s) of discussion.

Traditionally, a group would elect a single facilitator for the entire meeting, but our association proceeds differently. We systematically rotate the role every X (often 20) minutes or less because the facilitator can choose to end their mandate anytime even before it begins. It is then the turn of the person to their left to take over this role.

What about sortition in all of this? This step can be skipped if the first facilitator is arbitrarily chosen. Otherwise, we will use sortition to designate the first moderator. For that, we can cast dice.  Another solution is to use RANDOM.org which is particularly useful for a Jitsi or Discord discussion. In this case, we rank people in alphabetical order by their name.

II. An impermanent board designated using chance

The article.7 of our statutes precisely defines the process

  • The board is staffed by people elected for a year maximum and mandates are not renewable (to ensure rotation)
  • A member of the board can interrupt its mandate at any time
  • We use drawing lots to select members composing the board (to ensure sortition). As long as there are vacancies on the board, a random draw will be held.

Join us!

Contact our members on discord to join our server and freely join our association, you only need the validation of at least two members of the board.