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Crowdsourcing a constitution

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How to crowdsource a Constitution in practice

Crowdsourcing a Constitution in practice Dr. Matthijs Pontier
2.  Trust civilians vs Distrust ‘power'  Enthusiastic about tech, but alert on risks  Use tech to empower; not to repress  Free sharing of information, art and culture  Evidence-based policy with long-term vision  Stimulate self-determination, but keep rights Basic principles Pirate Party Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
3. • Why do we need top-down governance when we can decide for ourselves? Leaderless decision making
4. e-Democracy • Easily participate in democratic process • Vote on ideas; not on parties or persons • Power of Ideas replace the idea of power Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
5. Better Reykjavik • Jon Gnarr: Comedian who critized corruption and became mayor of Reykjavik
6. • Formal collaboration with the city of Reykjavík connect citizens to their representatives • Over 70.000 of 120.000 people participated • 15 top ideas processed every month • 476 ideas have been approved Better Reykjavik Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
7. Better Reykjavik
8. • Over 600.000 users since 2008 • Scales well, easy to translate and adapt • Used in Iceland, Estonia, Australia, USA, UK, and elsewhere Your Priorities Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
9. • citiz ens Better Alamance
10. • Everybody can add ideas • Everybody can add arguments • Erverybody can vote up / down • Best ideas and arguments come up • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0lFd 1poJfs How does it work? Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
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12. • Points for and against are in different columns which makes it hard to argue • This encourages rational debate and helps facilitate consensus Don’t argue, debate! Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
13. • Prioritization of ideas and points makes junk disappear down lists • Users notify admins about offending content • Users get 3 warnings and are banned on the 4th • They never yet had to ban a user Abuse protection Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
14. Loomio
15. Amsterdam West Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
16. Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
17. Combine online & offline • Improve traditional democratic processes • Brainstorm online -> assembly offline -> vote on/offline • Enhance offline assemblies with direct onl

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Crowdsourcing a constitution

  1. 1. Crowdsourcing a Constitution in practice Dr. Matthijs Pontier
  2. 2.  Trust civilians vs Distrust ‘power'  Enthusiastic about tech, but alert on risks  Use tech to empower; not to repress  Free sharing of information, art and culture  Evidence-based policy with long-term vision  Stimulate self-determination, but keep rights Basic principles Pirate Party Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  3. 3. • Why do we need top-down governance when we can decide for ourselves? Leaderless decision making
  4. 4. e-Democracy • Easily participate in democratic process • Vote on ideas; not on parties or persons • Power of Ideas replace the idea of power Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  5. 5. Better Reykjavik • Jon Gnarr: Comedian who critized corruption and became mayor of Reykjavik
  6. 6. • Formal collaboration with the city of Reykjavík connect citizens to their representatives • Over 70.000 of 120.000 people participated • 15 top ideas processed every month • 476 ideas have been approved Better Reykjavik Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  7. 7. Better Reykjavik
  8. 8. • Over 600.000 users since 2008 • Scales well, easy to translate and adapt • Used in Iceland, Estonia, Australia, USA, UK, and elsewhere Your Priorities Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  9. 9. • citiz ens Better Alamance
  10. 10. • Everybody can add ideas • Everybody can add arguments • Erverybody can vote up / down • Best ideas and arguments come up • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0lFd 1poJfs How does it work? Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
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  12. 12. • Points for and against are in different columns which makes it hard to argue • This encourages rational debate and helps facilitate consensus Don’t argue, debate! Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  13. 13. • Prioritization of ideas and points makes junk disappear down lists • Users notify admins about offending content • Users get 3 warnings and are banned on the 4th • They never yet had to ban a user Abuse protection Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  14. 14. Loomio
  15. 15. Amsterdam West Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  16. 16. Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  17. 17. Combine online & offline • Improve traditional democratic processes • Brainstorm online -> assembly offline -> vote on/offline • Enhance offline assemblies with direct online feedback from active audience Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
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  19. 19. Constitution Iceland • 1000 randomly selected civilians held assembly; gave a 700-page advise about principles and values in Constitution • 25 elected civilians (out of 522) held assemblies and wrote the Constitution • Before assemblies, elected civilians asked for feedback, leading to ~4000 comments • 2/3 civilians supported Constitution in referendum • Constitution killed by conservative politicians • Pirate party protested this, and got popular.. Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
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  25. 25. Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU  Constitution was voted down in referendum  Lisbon-treaty largely same; no referendum  Symbolic for democratic deficit in EU  EU should be by the people, for the people  https://www.peoplesconstitution.eu  Twitter: @CrowdsourceEU Facebook: Crowdsource Europe Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
  26. 26. Accept values / ideas / articles / amendments, when: • Popular enough • Not too controversial Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016 Crowdsourcing a constitution for the EU
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  28. 28. Thanks! • @Matthijs85 • Matthijs Pontier • matthijs@piratenpartij.nl • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ matthijspontier • End of june, PPNL will elect the lead candidate for the 2017 elections. • https://www.piratenpartij.nl Matthijs Pontier, Fabcity campus Amsterdam, 26-5-2016

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