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Open Letter to Biden & Sanders

Update: A new model is being created for 2024. See our progress here.

View our simulation for ICODR of what was proposed in our 2016 letter below:


Congratulations! It really looks like one of you will become the next president of the United States. And while there’s no denying that the Biden camp has a significant lead at the moment, even compared to Trump, Sanders’ followers are still a significant force to be reckoned with. We support your shared goal of uniting your distinct followers in order to ensure the defeat of Trump in November. It will be more than tragic if we fail.

Residual animosity is a risk that we cannot afford. iCan Systems Inc. can help you mitigate that risk. The solution is a powerful Biden / Sanders coalition that will create a significant barrier to divisive Republican attacks. Such a coalition can be achieved with our collaboration system named Smartsettle Infinity. Infinity can help create an optimized platform that everybody can immediately get behind with a unified approach that will vanquish any hope that Trump may have left.

Infinity implements sophisticated algorithms based on my own Cornell University dissertation research. Experts have endorsed these methods, some even preferring them to those of Nobel Laureate John Nash. Some of our experience in politics is noted in the appended references.

We propose this as a secret parallel process not affecting your current plans. Much of it will be able to be done remotely by communicating privately through Smartsettle’s intelligent neutral site. The outcome would come into play and into the open only once you both agree. If it fails to produce an agreement, neither of you will have lost anything because the system keeps your preferences completely confidential. Only the final agreement is revealed, if there is one. But we are confident of success.

We’re approaching you both simultaneously because we want you to be assured that we will be neutral in the process.

We look forward to your early positive response. Time is of the essence.


Ernest Thiessen, PEng, PhD President and Founder iCan Systems Inc. (creators of Smartsettle)

ps. You can reach me via the contact facility on this website.


Smartsettle Imagines Clinton Sanders Bloomberg Coalition". Presented at the 2016 International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, held from June 20th to June 24th, at the College of Business and Economics, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, USA.

BREXIT 2.0 Negotiation Simulation with Smartsettle Infinity". Peter Holt, Graham Ross, Ernest Thiessen & Diana Wallis. Published in the International Journal on Online Dispute Resolution (2017 (4) 2).


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