Online Experiment with Practical Democracy
I just had the great pleasure to reconnect with Fred Gohlke. I re-read his Practical Democracy paper, and I since then, I keep thinking about ways to implement a small scale experiment, to see what it would give in practice.
My own resources are very limited so I have not much to offer. However, I am the owner of this web site and, with some help, I could get something organized to have a first, limited trial run, with a few interested members.
To start with, we need to discuss the scope, means, objective and modalities of the experiment. Let's start to brainstorm some ideas.
Note: Fred and myself will probably soon re-post his whole Practical Democracy proposal in this web site, so that you can read all about it.
Actually, the more I think about it, the more excited I am. Any election is defined by two things:
- The stakes, and
- The community (i.e. the electorate).
We can start an experiment with very small stakes (probably this site's Community Manifesto) and a very small community and build up from there. At the beginning, we could have a short electoral cycle (around 3 months) and elect 3 officials and later adapt as the community grows.