A Book & Concepts Discussion Series Paul Schumann – CenTexWFS Taylor Willingham – Texas Forums Jon Lebkowsky – Extreme Dem...
Paul Schumann <ul><li>Futurist </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Consultant </li></ul>
Extreme Democracy Discussion Series <ul><li>Explore the principles & technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Explore how they are a...
How? <ul><li>The book as a guide </li></ul><ul><li>12 online interactive discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme Democracy b...
Networks <ul><li>Power Laws, Weblogs and Inequality: Clay Shirky </li></ul><ul><li>Building on Experience: Mitch Ratcliffe...
Discussion <ul><li>“Diversity plus freedom of creates inequality, and the greater the diversity, the more extreme the ineq...
Power Laws <ul><li>N = c/n </li></ul><ul><li>N= number of links </li></ul><ul><li>N= rank of blog </li></ul><ul><li>c = co...
Application of Networks Same Different Values Different Same Information
Networks & Society <ul><li>Traditional democracy does not scale well from small to large groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Network...
Failure to Scale <ul><li>“ Failure to scale is evident when people feel disenfranchised, when they no longer have sufficie...
Rule of 150 <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>How is it important? </li></ul>
Role of Journalism <ul><li>“ Mohandas K. Gandhi said, ‘One cannot unite a community without newspaper or journal of some k...
Extreme Democracy <ul><li>“ An answer to the continuing debate about political process will be based the integration of ma...
Next Week <ul><li>Politics and Networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s the Conversation Stupid!: The Link between Social Actio...
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This presentation was session 5 in a 12 part webinar series on the book Extreme Democracy. Extreme democracy is a political philosophy of the information era that puts people in charge of the entire political process. It suggests a deliberative process that places total confidence in the people, opening the policy-making process to many centers of power through deeply networked coalitions that can be organized around local, national and international issues. This seminar covered Networks: Discussion of the essays by Clay Shirky (Power Laws, Weblogs & Inequality), pages 48 – 55, and Mitch Ratcliffe (Building on Experience), pages 67 – 89

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Extreme Democracy; Networks

  1. 1. A Book & Concepts Discussion Series Paul Schumann – CenTexWFS Taylor Willingham – Texas Forums Jon Lebkowsky – Extreme Democracy
  2. 2. Paul Schumann <ul><li>Futurist </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Consultant </li></ul>
  3. 3. Extreme Democracy Discussion Series <ul><li>Explore the principles & technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Explore how they are affecting our </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social change efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Democracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upcoming election </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explore the future of democracy </li></ul><ul><li>To learn from each other </li></ul>
  4. 4. How? <ul><li>The book as a guide </li></ul><ul><li>12 online interactive discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme Democracy blog ( www.extremedemocracy.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Networking ( www.attendr.com/extremedemocracy ) </li></ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Texas Forums blog ( http://texasforums.wordpress.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Survey ( http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=wSd6z99tHdPwJH_2fISs9Kvg_3d_3d ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Networks <ul><li>Power Laws, Weblogs and Inequality: Clay Shirky </li></ul><ul><li>Building on Experience: Mitch Ratcliffe </li></ul>
  6. 6. Discussion <ul><li>“Diversity plus freedom of creates inequality, and the greater the diversity, the more extreme the inequality.” Clay Shirky </li></ul>
  7. 7. Power Laws <ul><li>N = c/n </li></ul><ul><li>N= number of links </li></ul><ul><li>N= rank of blog </li></ul><ul><li>c = constant </li></ul><ul><li>What factors control the rank? </li></ul><ul><li>When is the power law important? </li></ul><ul><li>When is the power law not important? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Application of Networks Same Different Values Different Same Information
  9. 9. Networks & Society <ul><li>Traditional democracy does not scale well from small to large groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Networked society is not constrained by geography. </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme democracy takes place in real time. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Failure to Scale <ul><li>“ Failure to scale is evident when people feel disenfranchised, when they no longer have sufficient contact or interaction with their government to see their wishes reflected in its actions.” Mitch Ratcliffe </li></ul><ul><li>Politicians express this disconnect by seeing only their own well being, sacrificing the common good for their own benefit at the expense of others.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rule of 150 <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>How is it important? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Role of Journalism <ul><li>“ Mohandas K. Gandhi said, ‘One cannot unite a community without newspaper or journal of some kind.’ These separate trends of individual expression through blogs, an egalitarian journalism, and organized online activism are waking unrecognized communities of interest that will confound a political system designed for representation geographic constituencies. A concerted effort by the peoples of the world can transform the perception of the means and ends of government. Meanwhile, politics, the art of participation in social decision-making and a practice closely related to being ‘polite,’ which means to achieve refinement, continues to function essentially as it has throughout history, through debate and compromise among people.” Mitch Ratcliffe </li></ul>
  13. 13. Extreme Democracy <ul><li>“ An answer to the continuing debate about political process will be based the integration of many, though not all, threads in recent human development into an expanded concept of the individual as the basis for the concept of sovereignty and the redefinition of the role of government institutions in order to revitalize political processes. A political philosophy must incorporate more than the experience of participation. An analysis of power, definite ideas about the role of the citizen and the government, and the principles society will embrace about the value of the individual are required, as well. Extreme democracy seeks to provide these foundational ideas to place the thrill of emergent organizations into socio-political context.” Mitch Ratcliffe </li></ul>
  14. 14. Next Week <ul><li>Politics and Networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s the Conversation Stupid!: The Link between Social Action & Political Choice, by Valdis Krebs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Network Dynamics & Participatory Politics, by Ross Mayfield </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadcasting & the Voter’s Paradox, by David Weinberger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociable Technology & Democracy, by danah boyd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Calculus of Political Power, by Mitch Ratcliffe </li></ul></ul>

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