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

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