25 Ordinary Citizens Write Iceland’s New Constitution With Help From Social Media The newest government in the world was designed with help from comments on the internet. God help us all. After Iceland’s economic collapse in 2008, the island nation decided it was time to write a new constitution, this one not based on its parent country of Denmark but rather made from the original ideas of its citizens. Iceland’s small population of 320,000 elected 25 assembly members from 522 ordinary candidates (including lawyers, political science professors, journalists, and many other professions), who in turn opened their process up to the public in an unprecedented fashion. The Constitutional Council was highly active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, where they solicited comments and suggestions for the new government. From the elections to the website, Iceland has gone to great length to make their citizens feel involved and enabled by the process of writing the new constitution. The lessons we are to learn from Iceland’s new constitution, then, are a mixed bag.
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