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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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DECISION-MAKER
Inclusive voting app 

www.decision-maker.org

  JUST OUT  -  THE APP TO BEAT ALL APPS, APPSOLUTELY!

(Currently under re-construction.)

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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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Vienna TEDx Talk - October 2017

Here's the YouTube,  the PowerPoint, and the text of the speech (more or less).

Wednesday
Jul172013

2013-9: Beijing Law Review

Democratic Rights: Decision-Making by Law Makers and Law Enforcers, was published in BLR Vol 4 No 2 2013.  It's open access on http://www.scirp.org/journal/blr/

(See also 2014-13/11.)

Wednesday
Jul032013

2013-8: Egypt

Adversarial voting procedures, as in Egypt's constitutional referendum, have not helped the revolution.  This letter was published in The Guardian on 3.7.2013.

Thursday
Jun272013

2013-7: "Peace-ful" Voting Procedures

Some voting systems are adversarial and Orwellian; and some of these lead to war: majority voting in Bosnia, first-past-the-post in Kenya, etc..  Other voting systems are win-win, and the above article has just been published in Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy.  See:

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/peps.ahead-of-print/peps-2013-0010/peps-2013-0010.xml?format=INT

Friday
Jun142013

2013-6: The Friend

This article, Consensus Voting, has just been published in the Quaker journal, The Friend, Vol. 171 No 24.

Wednesday
May292013

2013-5: Nobel Women's Initative

At their Belfast conference plenary panel, on 30.5.2013, the de Borda Institute presented this paper and power-point presentation.

Monday
May202013

2013-4: Ireland's Constitutional Convention

Our first submission was this on 31.12.2012, and Here's our second; it's all about QBS.

(See also 2014-1.)

Wednesday
Mar132013

2013-3: Northern Ireland's review of d'Hondt

We seek to replace d'Hondt by an 'ethno-colour blind' matrix vote.  Here's our submission.  If you open this document, you will find our contribution on page 13.

(See also 2014-3.)

Saturday
Mar022013

2013-2: Consensus call 

Roy Garland wrote this article in the Irish News on 1.3.2013.

Saturday
Feb232013

2013-1: Electing a new pope.

In 1435, it was suggested that the cardinals should use a Borda Count.  Alas,  they still use majority voting.  Hence this edited letter in the Irish News of 21st Feb.

(See also 2012-11.)

Friday
Dec142012

2012-14: Defining Democracy - review

"...a thought-provoking guide to what democracy actually means and how best it can be achieved."  Review, Books Ireland, Oct 2012.

(See also 2012-4/3.)