Ideas at Work
“America in One Room” and the
Future of Democracy
Join us for a special online conversation with Professors James Fishkin and Larry Diamond of Stanford University
Wednesday, January 29th
**Registration for this event is now closed.
An Experiment For Our Time
The Center for the Study of Liberty is excited to bring you a LIVE online interview and discussion with the architects of “America in One Room,” a ground-breaking experiment conducted in September 2019.
Could our democracy work better if citizens were actually able to think through policy proposals and deliberate?
To explore the possibilities, Professors James Fishkin and Larry Diamond brought together over 500 individuals as a random representative sampling of American voters for a 3-day experience in self-government. The “America in One Room” participants tackled 5 of today’s most controversial issues: immigration, healthcare, foreign policy, the environment, and the economy. The entire weekend was covered by The New York Times and CNN.
The results may surprise you and even give you reasons to be optimistic about the future of the “American experiment.”
Join us for an exclusive conversation with Professors Fishkin and Diamond as they reveal their findings and share their thoughts on the future of American democracy.
Meet Our Guests
Professor James S. Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University, where he is Professor of Communication, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) and Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy.
He is the author of Democracy When the People Are Thinking (Oxford 2018), When the People Speak (Oxford 2009), Deliberation Day (Yale 2004 with Bruce Ackerman) and Democracy and Deliberation (Yale 1991). He is best known for developing Deliberative Polling® – a practice of public consultation that employs random samples of the citizenry to explore how opinions would change if they were more informed. His work on deliberative democracy has stimulated more than 100 Deliberative Polls in 28 countries around the world.
Professor Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and its Global Digital Policy Incubator. He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy.
His research focuses on democratic trends and conditions around the world and on policies and reforms to defend and advance democracy. His 2019 book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, analyzes the challenges confronting liberal democracy in the U.S. and around the world at this potential “hinge in history,” and offers an agenda for strengthening and defending democracy at home and abroad.
About the Session
“Ideas at Work” are free online conversations open to the public. Advance registration is required.
The session will last for one hour and fifteen minutes, and the Center will facilitate an interview and discussion with our guest via Zoom video chat. Participants will be required to use an online video chat platform in order to recreate the feel of an in-person interview and Q&A. A brief tutorial of the platform will be shared prior to the session.