What could a single, global democracy look like? How would it work?
Would a representative or direct democracy make more sense?
What about liquid democracy? See: http://youtu.be/fg0_Vhldz-8
What checks and balances should we have?
What basic rights should be guaranteed to everyone?
Brian Burt started a proposal Sun 23 Nov 2014
A blend of crowdsourcing and deliberation might do best! Closed Wed 25 Nov 2015
A lot of direct democracy is text-centric, and web-based, and used to arrive at 51% approval, but that leads frequently to bad ideas getting implemented. There's something wise about a council or legislature, when well-constructed, but in the age of the internet it's foolish to limit problem-sovling to a small group of people. Instead, I think the best solutions will involve a blend of crowdsourcing and deliberation, and will allow citizens to either participate, or pass their vote on to someone else. For example, every citizen who wants to participate is an a council of 8 (often on specific topics, but also integrators at every level). What proposals can get 7/8 people to agree to them as advances over the current state, in 80 or 90% of the relevant councils? With creativity, a process for handling concerns, and a deliberation process that looks for ways to transcend polarities (like left and right), I think better outcomes are more likely.
For something equivalent to the supreme court, there are elements of the current system we'd want to keep (e.g. choosing wise people for fixed terms).
BTW, Tom Atlee and I are putting together a global thought leader gathering of participatory democracy thinkers for the spring ... so have been giving this a lot of thought lately...
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Sat 4 Apr 2015
Huge improvement over the 51% method; I've never thought this method worked to put the best choices in place
Sat 11 Apr 2015
I love the thinking here, my main concern though would be that private interests might gain even more power than they currently do by nonstop, incessant advertising campaigns. I think this is always going to be a risk with bottom line voting styles.