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Try Think: Lotteries and Leaders – How We Choose Those Who Lead Us

October 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Friday October 23rd from 4:00pm-5:30pm HST – Via Zoom (Link to be emailed upon registering)
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It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. – Yogi Berra


The Weaving Voices: Looking to Our Past For New Political Visions event on October 20th will allow a glimpse of a time when new ideas, economic transitions and political change came to Hawai’i in the 1950s. Moving forward, we can see how directions initiated by those who were elected then affect us today.  For this Try Think conversation, we would like to delve further into the idea of elections and those we choose to lead us.

  • What do we look for in a leader?
  • What traits or characteristics do we prioritize or deem essential?
  • How well do we think we are at identifying these traits in others?
  • How often do we get the best candidates to choose from?

As author Malcom Gladwell describes it, his podcast, Revisionist History*, is a “…journey through the overlooked and misunderstood.” In an episode titled The Powerball Revolution, Gladwell challenges the notion that democracies are supposed to be the best system to ensure that the best person to lead is fairly chosen by the people being led.  He does this through exploring a simple lottery system implemented by a few schools in Bolivia to “elect” members of their student council.

In preparation for this Try Think conversation, we would love for you to take a listen to this particular episode, The Powerball Revolution. In total, the episode runs for about 40 minutes with a few commercial breaks squeezed in . If you are short on time, see below for some notes on skipping ahead for an abbreviated listen. We will summarize the episode to start our conversation, so even if you don’t have time to listen, we would love to have you join us.

With the shadow of the November 3rd election looming large, let’s scale it down and see what we may or may not learn from a student body election at a school in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

This episode can be found wherever you get your podcasts by searching Revisionist History: The Powerball Revolution or via this link:

Podcast notes – There are two versions of the podcast, one with a commercial to start and one without. Timestamps in parenthesis are for the version without the commercial to start. For an abbreviated listen feel free to skip the commercial at the 11.30 (9.50) mark and return at the 14.30 (12.45) mark. Feel free to skip ahead again at the 23.52 (22.16) mark and return at the 32.30 (30.50) mark.


October 23, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




Try Think
808-732-5402 x3