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Ten questions and some inadequate answers on participatory democracy - presentation at the Club of Venice plenary conference June 2013.

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  • Participatory DemocracyTen questions and some inadequate answersClub of Venice Plenary Session, Tallinn, June 2013e Democratic Society
  • Six years ago I knew all the answers
  • A er a lotof work ...
  • ... I’m fairlysure I knowthe questions
  • Ten three-beer problems
  • e Absent Audience problem1
  • How do you get enough people involvedto make tools useful ?
  • It’s not by saying“this is good for democracy”
  • e Scales of Justice problem2
  • How do you balancedifferent voices ?
  • Maths ?Discussion ?
  • e Carthage problem3
  • Carthago Delenda EstHere we go again
  • It’s all the fault of the liberal elites !I might just go and watch the football
  • e Kingsley Amis problem4
  • “More will mean worse”
  • Not everyone will become omasJefferson - how do we handle it ?
  • e Head above the Parapet problem5
  • How can Goverment createconversation ...
  • ... and keep peopleinterested in thequestion, notwho’s asking it
  • e Crying Baby problem6
  • Who would rather participate inpolitics than calm a crying baby ?
  • Everyday lives get in the way
  • How do we fit politics into five minutes?
  • e Great Western Railway problem7
  • Lots of different incompatibleapproachesPhoto: Marlow & District Railway Society
  • When we needconnectivity
  • e Venetian Citizen problem8
  • Who is aVenetian citizen?
  • Someone with an Italian passportliving in Venice?
  • Someone who comes from Venice?
  • Someone who loves Venice but lives in Milwaukee?
  • How can we reflect lives of overlappingcitizenships ?
  • e George W Bush problem9
  • “I’m the decider,and I decide.”
  • What is thelimit ofcontrol ?
  • Balancing“who cares”with “too risky”
  • e William Morris problem10
  • Take something hand-cra edand mass-produce it
  • Without losing the design quality
  • I promised you someinadequate answers
  • Perhaps it would be be er to sayincomplete answers
  • New institutions
  • Government changing alongside
  • Networks !Networks !Networks !
  • Flexibility in financesand structures
  • Tolerance of mistakes
  • Collaborative effort
  • We have it inour power to begin theworld over again.Tom Paine
  • Presentation by Anthony Zacharzewskifor the Democratic Society. June 2013@demsoc | ajz10@demsoc.org | http://www.demsoc.org