Liquid Democracy: Web Platform Makes Professor Most Powerful Pirate Martin Haase doesn't have to give any hard-hitting speeches at party conferences, nor does he spend time at board meetings or in back rooms to hone his power. When the 49-year-old professor wants to engage in politics, he just opens his laptop and logs in to Liquid Feedback, the Pirate Party's online platform for discussing and voting on political proposals. For hours at a time, the political newcomers (the Pirates first formed in Germany in 2006) discuss their party's goals, and each member has the opportunity to use Liquid Feedback as a platform to promote his or her positions -- which can range from the Pirate Party fielding its own presidential candidate to the appeal to deescalate the conflict with Iran. It isn't always easy to secure a majority for a given cause on the site. Until Haase intervenes, that is. The linguistics professor has a sort of virtual alliance backing him on Liquid Feedback.
for Government What is Assembl? Assembl is an online application that enables hundreds or even thousands of people to work together effectively on the definition of new ideas. The application supports the belief that with the proper conditions, people working together can think smarter than any one member of the group could alone. There are two key factors for the creation of collective intelligence: New Tools of democracy - BeyondVoting All of these articles have saved me a lot of hedaaches. Experiments are underway in towns, cities, states, and nations around the globe to find better ways to ascertain and reflect the people's will in government policy and programs. The BeyondVoting Wiki's mission is to highlight worthwhile efforts which might work in New York City, provide resources to reconfigure these as apropos for the city's residents, or to develop new ones. BeyondVoting refers to these new techniques and technologies as the "New Tools of Democracy." The following describes some of those experiments and the concepts and technologies that support them.
Ingredients These ingredients are laid out in stages relating to the Transition process, and let's be clear; there is no right way to do Transition. Every initiative does it differently, and that’s part of the fun of the whole thing. Think of it like cooking. There are all kinds of amazing ingredients we can assemble in order to make, say, a cake, and the creation of every cook will be unique, reflecting his or her abilities and culture, and the local resources available. At the same time, there are certain time-proven stages to successful cake baking. You can’t just put the flour in a bowl, throw in some butter, put it in the oven and expect a cake to emerge.
The Network Secrets of Great Change Agents Artwork: Jessica Snow, Louis II, 2010, acrylic on paper, 13.5″ x 11.5″ Change is hard, especially in a large organization. Numerous studies have shown that employees tend instinctively to oppose change initiatives because they disrupt established power structures and ways of getting things done. However, some leaders do succeed—often spectacularly—at transforming their workplaces.
Delegative democracy Delegative democracy is a form of democratic control whereby voting power is vested in delegates, rather than representatives. This term is a generic description of either already existing or proposed popular control apparatuses. The delegative form The prototypical delegative democracy has been summarized by Bryan Ford in his paper, Delegative Democracy, as containing the following principles: Choice of Role: Each member can choose to take either a passive role as an individual or an active role as a delegate, differentiating this from representative forms in which only specified representatives are allowed.
E-Voting Taskforce - E2D International Members of this task force are in charge of helping develop an open-source e-democracy system to be adopted by any E2D party or other organizations for electronic direct democratic decision-making. Basic general information about solutions related to e-voting: authentication, voting, amongst others. Requirements (in construction) List of features Voting options
ITA: E-democracy The many ways in which we communicate today allow us not only to provide information but also to create new communication channels and even participate in political decisions. These three stages – information, communication and cooperation – are the basic framework for e-consultation, e-petitions, e-parliament and e-voting, relatively new terms that have now become common. But how can the democratic decision-making process as a whole be strengthened by electronic forms of political participation? E-participation and Open Government E-participation involves citizens being active in political decisions. Slow Food Publications Slow Food Italy created a publishing house in 1989 to publish books and magazine that raise the profile of quality food and wine production; safeguard endangered artisan specialties, vegetable species and animal breeds; inform and educate consumers; and promote clean, sustainable agriculture and a new idea of gastronomy. Slow Food Editore publishes gastronmic guide books (olive oil, wine, osteria etc), regional recipe books, food literature, critical thinking on eco-gastronomy, slow travel guides, educational textbooks and the Slowfood magazine for Italian members. Based in Italy, the majority of books are available in Italian only, however a few key books have been translated into English, including: Slow Wine, 2011 The Slow Food Dictionary to Italian Regional Cooking, 2010 Osterie & Locande D'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy, 2007 Italian Cheese, 2005 A Wine Atlas of the Langhe: The Great Barolo and Barbaresco Vineyards, 2003
The role of networks in organizational change A few years ago, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of office products decided that it needed an organizational overhaul. Coordination across product lines was poor. Design teams collaborated ineffectively. Proxy voting Proxy voting is a form of voting whereby some members of a decision-making body may delegate their voting power to other members of the same body to vote in their absence, and/or to select additional representatives. A person so designated is called a "proxy" and the person designating him or her is called a "principal". Proxy appointments can be used to form a voting bloc that can exercise greater influence in deliberations or negotiations. Proxy voting is a particularly important practice with respect to corporations; in the United States, investment advisers often vote proxies on behalf of their client accounts.