CCSE Seminar Series - Karel Janecek "D21―A Revolutionary Voting System for the 21st Century"

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 ( 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm )

Location: Babbio 541 - CCSE Lab

Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises
Distinguished Lecture Series

D21―A Revolutionary Voting System for the 21st Century

Karel Janecek
Mathematician, Anti-corruption crusader, Philanthropist and Visionary - Prague, Czech Republic

ABSTRACT: This talk presents a fundamental vision of a change of the local electoral system,  called Democracy 2.1 (D21). In D21, each voter is allowed to cast four "positive" votes for their favorite candidates and two "negative" votes for the candidates they like least. The whole system is characterized by a precise mathematical algorithm that we will describe.

The principle features of the voting scheme D21 will be shown to be:

  • More Choices for Voters
  • Consensus is Favored Over Extremism
  • Stronger Ties Created Between Voters and Leaders

BIO:  Karel Janecek is a Czech anti-corruption crusader and mathematician-turned-philanthropist. He earned his first money with blackjack software and went on to become on of the most successful traders in derivatives stock exchange.  Currently he devotes his time to innovative voting systems for the Czech Republic, his three foundations and skydiving.