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A blog: " De Borda abroad."  From Belfast to Beijing and beyond... and back. Starting in Vienna with the TEDx talk, I go by bus and/or train for more debates in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Tehran, before flying - sorry about that - to Urumqi in Xīnjiāng, followed by more debates in Beijing, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Taiwan... but not in Pyongyang. Then back via Mongolia (where I was an election observer last year) and Moscow (where I worked in the '80s).

I have my little fold-up Brompton with me - surely the best way of exploring any new city! So I fly hardly at all; I go by train, boat or bus if possible, and then cycle wherever in each new venue; and all with just one plastic water bottle... or that was the intention!

The story is on:  https://debordaabroad.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/de-borda-abroad/


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The Hospital for Incurable Protestants

The Mémoire of a Collapsed Catholic

 This is the story of a pacifist in a conflict zone, in Northern Ireland and the Balkans.  Only in e-format, but only £5.15.  Available from Amazon.



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The de Borda Institute aims to promote the use of inclusive voting procedures on all contentious questions of social choice.

This applies specifically to decision-making, be it for the electorate in regional/national polls, for their elected representatives in councils and parliaments, for members of a local community group, for members of a company board, for members of a co-operative, and so on.




The director alongside the statue of Jean-Charles de Borda, capitaine et savant, in l’École Navale in Brest, 24.9.2010. Photo by Gwenaelle Bichelot. 

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Welcome to the home page of the de Borda Institute, a Northern Ireland-based international organisation (an NGO) which aims to promote the use of inclusive voting procedures on all contentious questions of social choice. For more information use the menu options above or feel free to contact the organisation's headquarters. If you want to check the meaning of any of the terms used, then by all means have a look at this glossary.

As shown in these attachments, there are many voting procedures for use in decision-making and even more electoral systems.  This is because, in decision-making, there is usually only one outcome; but with some electoral systems, as in any proportional ones, there can be several winners.  Sometimes, for any one voters' profile - that is, the set of all their preferences - the outcome of any count may well depend on the voting procedure used.  In this very simple example of a few voters voting on just four options, and in these two hypothetical examples on five, (word document) or (power-point) in which a few cast their preferences on five options, the profiles are analysed according to different methodologies, and the winner could be any one of all the options.  Yet all of these methodologies are called democratic!  Extraordinary!

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The director demonstrated the modified Borda count or Borda preferendum at a meeting in Edinburgh in 1990, where a number of different groups came together to talk of how united they all were in favour of some sort of devolution, and where all but the sole MP, Mr. George Galloway, were prepared to show how united they actually were by participating in a multi-option preference vote.

Charter 88 attended our 1995 “Where Lies the Compromise?” conference and was positively enthused by its proceedings. The New Economics Foundation (nef) published, “Towards a Better Way Democracy” in the August 2003 edition of Radical Economics.

Then, in 2007, de Borda and nef received a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to conduct research into decision-making throughout these islands.  The project started with two seminars chaired by Prof. Elizabeth Meehan, one in Oxford and the second in London, to discuss first the theory and then the practicalities of decision-making.  Then, in 2008, the first pilot got underway: a discussion on the web, which was conducted with the able asistance of openDemocracy.  The second pilot was an AGM election held by an international firm of consultants.  And further pilots, hopefully, are to follow.

In September 2008, the director gave a presentation to the Conflict Research Centre in the University of Kent.

A climax was reached in 2012, when the latest publication, Defining Democracy, was launched in the House of Lords, with Lords Mike Boyce and Paddy Ashdown.


Last updated on June 15, 2013 by Deborda