Democracy of the Departed

DDes Coursework Project
with Silvia Danielak
Led by Robert Pietrusko

Harvard Graduate School of Design

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This video is the final requirement for the course, Mapping: Geopgraphic Representation Speculation. The brief called for a short video that researched and responded to a compelling aspect of the 2016 US Election. 

Working with Silvia Danielak, we speculated on the implications of a youth weighted vote given that many policy decisions will have greater bearing on the long lives of the youth compared to their elderly counterparts.

The project is described as follows:

‘Democracy of the Departed explores age-weighted voting to reform the U.S. electoral system in order to give more power to younger voters to influence politics. It is assumed that many policies such as energy and climate policy, education and judicial appointments, have long-term, and sometimes irreversible impacts. These consequences are born by the younger generations for much longer than other age groups. We propose a weighted voting system where younger age groups get proportionately more voting power. In a case study of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, it becomes clear that such weighted voting in favor of the younger generations would have altered the election’s outcome.’