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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).

Tuesday
Dec202011

2011-9: Defining Democracy - launch

Defining Democracy was launched in the House of Lords on Tues. 31st January 2012 by Lord Paddy Ashdown, Lord Mike Boyce, Prof. Elizabeth Meehan and Tommy Sands.  The book is now on-line at

http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-20904-8#section=997930&page=1&locus=25

"An extraordinary and quite remarkable conucopia indexof available [voting] systems." Paddy Ashdown.

(See also 2012-14/4/3.)

Monday
Oct172011

2011-8: The original BC and partial voting

The de Borda Institute has long since advocated the Modified Borda Count (MBC), but maybe this is what Jean-Charles de Borda had actually wanted. Social Choice and Welfare has now published the above, and it's available online on http://www.springerlink.com/content/k476366236x10402/
Thursday
Aug252011

2011-7: Polish Green Network

"Towards a More Inclusive Democracy" is part of an anthology - Food and Democracy - edited by Marcin Gerwin and published by the Polish Green Network. And here it is.
Monday
Jun202011

2011-6: The latest on the Matrix Vote

I presented a paper to the EPSU conference in Dublin on why the matrix vote is so important, and here it is.  It includes a modification to the ideas published in Voting Matters No 29, and this improvement is in this brief extract.

(See also 2012-7 and 2011-5.)

Friday
May272011

2011-5: The Matrix Vote

The Iraqi parliament took 249 days of embattled negotiations to form a government; a world record (which has now been captured by the Belgians).  With a matrix vote, it could have all been done in a forenoon. The Matrix Vote: Electing an all-party Coalition Cabinet is published in Voting Matters, No 29, and is available here.

(See also 2012-7 and 2011-6.)

 

Friday
Apr292011

2011-4: AV or FPP? The UK referendum 

'Do you want David Cameron's first preference or do you want to change to his second preference?'  {By his dictat, his (and our) other preferences are not up for discussion.}  The FPP versus AV debate has become very acrimonious.  Of course it has.  (And here's why.)

Thursday
Mar172011

2011-3: Irish General Election, Feb 2011

The de Borda Institute was accreditied to observe the General Election, and here is the report.

Friday
Feb042011

2011-2: The Middle East

In pursuing a policy of democratisation, Egypt and Tunisia etc., should not adopt a form of governance based on majority rule; as per our letter in today's Guardian, 3.2.2011, an edited version of this original. A more detailed paper warns of the dangers of an adversarial structure, and suggests instead a more consensual one: it is attached here. (See also 2013-8.)
Saturday
Jan152011

2011-1: The Next Scottish Referendum

The Next Scottish Referendum has just been published in Scottish Affairs, (No. 73, autumn 2010).

(See also 2014-12, 2013-15 and 2012-13/1.)

Monday
Aug092010

2010-7: Tariq Aziz and majority voting - The Guardian

The Guardian published an interview with Tariq Aziz on 6th Aug, and this de Borda response on 9th.  They gave it the following headline: "Majority voting and the fate of Iraq."