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What current Democracy Interventions are already out there (Australia focussed)?
Compiled by Nicholas Merange nmerange@hotmail.com
(Potential Categories:
Direct Democracy Interventions,
Liquid Democracy Interventions,
Deliberative Democracy Interventions,
Citizen Juries,
Representative )
Please see: http://bit.ly/political-sites for a U.S.-centred classification of political reform organisations
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Intervention/ideaClassificationWebsite:OrganizationDescription:Problem it addresses:Lessons learned:Known limitations
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PolityPolity
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PollyWebDirect DemocracyOnline Direct Democracy Australia
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Setting up Citizens' JuriesDeliberative Democracyhttps://www.newdemocracy.com.au/NewDemocracy Foundation, Also, Nicholas Gruen (Not from NewDemocracy foundation but a strong advocate of a permanent citizrns jury)Randomly selected people (controlling for demographics) sent invites to participate, usually have power to investigate and collectively decide on a policy questionBiased framing of issues from politicians, dealing with politically difficult trade offsWider public acceptance of the result of the Jury depends crucially on whether the members of the citizens jury are profiled beforehand by the media and seen as "everyday people" Worked in Geelong council reform, Scalability, potential for those who aren't selected on the jury to be disenfranchised
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pol.isDeliberative DemocracyUses facebook to identify who has what position on an issue and maps it on a cartesian plane, grouping together those who have similar opinionsWorking across different political viewsWorked in Taiwan with whether to legalise Uber to identify core cross-cutting issue for supporters and opponents
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Secure.Vote and Flux's Blockchain and voting token allocation systemLiquid Democracy, Issue-Based Direct Democracy, Dealism/futarchyhttps://voteflux.org/about/how/FluxIssue voting tokens that csn be exchanged for votes, tpkens given for not voting, tokens can be transferred to others (liquid democracy)
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Horizon StateLoosely affiliated with Mivote I thinkBlockchain platform for voting allocations
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MiVote AppDeliberative Democracyhttps://mivote.org.au/Mivote (Under the Institute for the future)App + voting on policy goals/destinations, Issue based, information provided, policy goals vetted via ethics and internal approval
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Citizens' parliament + predictionDeliberative DemocracyPrediki and GILT (Austria)Add "Citizens parliament" to the democratic system, Do online bets on political prediction about citizen satisfaction to promote group self-awareness
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Theyvoteforyou.orgRepresentative Democracy, Deliberative DemocracyTheyvoteforyou.orgOpen Australia FoundationAustralian website tracking the voting of elected federal members
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Open Australia Foundation
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Open Knowledge Australia (other chapters in Melbourne and presumably other state capital cities) Open Democracy (Transparency)
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Liquid DemocracyPirate Party, Flux (partially)People can move votes for an issue to a certain candidate, who then may use them to delegate further, and so on. Anyone who has delegated votes may "take back" their delegated vote at anytimeInflexibililty in regular representative democracyPirate party tried liquid democracy in Germany, after a candidate was elected there, but failedNo controls on who could join, got a seat - different factions "out of control"People delegating too many votes to too few people Mobbish "Bandwagons" formed
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ABC votecompassVoting tool - (Deliberative Democracy and Representative Democracy)ABCGives you a survey on issues, Identifies how close your view is overall to the various parties availableCasual engagement of voters with the wide range of issues included in poloitical parties' platforms; misunderstanding of where parties stand on issuesUsed by about 1 million people before each election
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Proportional representationVoting methodologyThe proportional representational society of AustraliaAdvocates for proportional representation, facilitates the introduction of proportional representation voting systems in organisationsStrong on advocacy, implement a proportional representation, have been around a long time, know how to build an organisation
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Participatory budgetingDeliberative DemocracyPorto Alegre council, Brazil
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http://www.wearefuturegov.com/work Tech enhancements to existing systems - develop web apps for goverment serviceshttp://www.wearefuturegov.com/work FutureGov (UK org)Use design, technology and change to make public services more humanDifficulty in accessing gov services
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Democracy OSApp
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Debating/Discussion Platforms
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kialo.comOnline Discussion/Debating platformUsers rank premises on the level of influence they have on deciding a position (Con or Pro a proposition)
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http://en.arguman.org/Online discussion/Debating platformhttp://en.arguman.org/Shows the level of agreement with a conclusion, but seeks to outlike the supporting premises as well
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Flux discussion platform (Uses Discourse)Internal Discussion forumDetailed discussion of how the Flux proposal will work in theory and in practice
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Pirate party discussion platform (Uses Discourse)Internal Discussion forumInternal Discussion of Pirate party policy (Open)
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Representhttps://represent.me/
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Docracyhttps://www.docracy.com/
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VocalEyeshttps://www.vocaleyes.org/
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Civistackhttp://www.civicstack.org/
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PollyPay/DemocraSalaryA (proposal) for a bidding system for citizens to set political salaries.https://geoliberty.orgSuggested by Admin of geoliberty.org based on quote: “I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
― Milton Friedman
Idea is to decentralise (via a reverse bid/auction of any/all citizens) the price (salary) level setting of polticians. otherwise, it is centralised (even though is meant to be independent body, still subject to cronyism). Evidence: Australia has gone further into debt with little transformative capital projects, yet politicians salaries have kept upping. The people should set the salary based on the politicians performance.
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