Representational Democracy is Dead

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

I’ve put together a video to talk about how I think representational democracy is dead, and how Media failed the Australian people. Democracy is Linear. Democracy could be Digital (non linear). That was Direct Democracy.

A couple of musings on democracy

Chris Corrigan

Two links in the feed this morning had me thinking about democracy, participation and local governance. But democracy is not simply about voting. While the voting process is important, it is what happens in-between elections that shows the mark of a mature democracy.

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The Democracy Project

How to Save the World

He sees OWS and its sister movements in Europe and the Mideast as important experiments in rediscovering the potential of a real democracy, and a society which retains real freedoms, even at a cost. What is democracy, in its essence? Democracy was never really “invented” at all.

Rebooting democracy

Chris Corrigan

It happens on every scale. A community, a nation, a people becomes bitterly divided on an issue and the civic conversation deteriorates to become nasty, rhetorically or physically violent and entrenched. Suspicion arises on every side and distrust, camps, territory and accusations fly. Perhaps someone launches a lawsuit, someone else accuses someone of unethical behavior. People who come forward to help are shot down if they can’t be pinned down.

Democracy undergoing change


If you ever wondered quite what is wrong with the model of representative democracy so often steadfastly defended by western politicians, the recent commentary on developments in Egypt should help to clarify.   Citizenship and democracy Governance and participation

Personal Management Software destroys internet authenticity and democracy

The Bumble Bee

The Guardian reports on the growth in "Persona Management Software" which individuals use to engage in web conversations using multiple identities on forums and social sites. The aim is to create the perception of a (fake) upswell in sentiment on a given topic (a practice is known as astroturfing ).

Local democracy in action


Ah, democracy in action eh? The bells of St Mary’s church in Ashwell chime every fifteen minutes, day and night. I can imagine that must be fun. But it is said that we don’t like to complain in this country, and maybe you can see why.

Local democracy is important: but will we vote for it?

Social Reporter

It’s a good time to talk about local democracy – whether the type you vote for, the type you get involved in, or both – and so I’m looking forward to the Create a Council event in London tomorrow evening. I’m not sure where YSM stands on local London councils, but earlier this year they were promoting the ideas that membership of the YSM mutual could help create 8000 local democracies.

Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

Collaborative Thinking

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy | The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy is a group of 17 media, policy and community leaders. The Knight Commission sees new thinking about news and information as a necessary step to sustaining democracy in the digital age.

Democracy in learning at KnowHow NonProfit: request your own course

Social Reporter

There were inspirational keynotes and a wealth of instructive workshops at the Third Sector Social Media Convention this week – and also some interesting offerings from exhibitors.

Stealing the promise of democracy

Chris Corrigan

You might think that, in a working democracy, even such a radical plan as this would be allowed the time to be discussed. Democracy is not about voting once every four years and living with the results. The promise of democracy has been violated. Today I am very sad about the current state of our country.

Your Square Mile aims for “8000 local democracies”

Social Reporter

The site says: Imagine 8,000 local democracies in which citizens, groups and local businesses are all interlinked and can actively share resources and create change.

Boaty McBoatface and William Shakespeare: two cheers for democracy


The curious tale of Boaty McBoatface may soon be forgotten, but it might possibly mark a significant moment in the history of participative democracy.   Citizenship and democracy Governance and participation

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Local democracy is a competitive business: how can Create a Council be more engaging?

Social Reporter

Will local councils be any different, or just there for the representative democracy wonks? These days local democracy is a competitive business. Local democracy is important: but will we vote for it?

Boaty McBoatface and William Shakespeare: two cheers for democracy


The curious tale of Boaty McBoatface may soon be forgotten, but it might possibly mark a significant moment in the history of participative democracy. More pointedly I think, it is a little reminder that the ways in which organisations push notions of ‘public engagement’ and democratic participation can lead them into difficulties: and in so doing, perhaps they are exposing the limits of democracy.   Citizenship and democracy Governance and participation

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Of exactitude in democracy


In that region, the practice of democracy had attained such perfection that the membership of the committee for a single province numbered the population of an entire city, and the committee for the region itself numbered an entire province. Less sympathetic to the science of democracy, later generations came to judge this system cumbersome, and discarded it unsentimentally. Tags: Citizenship and democracy Governance and participation Vignettes

Collaborative Thinking: The State of the Media Democracy

Collaborative Thinking

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For a robust and open democracy


The event has reminded us that we have a version of public service broadcasting which is intimately related to open democracy (even if  it doesn't always do it very well ). Tags: Citizenship and democracy Cohesion and diversity

Social media and local democracy


Paul Evans is forging towards a clearer understanding of how we use social media to contribute to local democracy, not just for citizens but also for councillors. Democracy will change with us as we go. Tags: Social policy Citizenship and democracy

Deloitte Survey Finds We Are in a “Media Democracy”

Portals and KM

The report concludes that, “We’re living in a media democracy, where no single form of media dominates the attention of Americans. Dean Takahash at Venture beat shared a summary of a recent Deloitte survey on the state of media. It’s also an age where everyone contributes to the media, not just traditional media companies.” The last part is old news but I found the first part more interesting. There has been discussion about whether blogging will continue in the age of Twitter.

Collaborative Thinking: IP Democracy: The Futility Of Internet Privacy?

Collaborative Thinking

Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « From Star Power To Network Power | Main | Delver - Social Search As Another Relevancy Filter » January 31, 2008 IP Democracy: The Futility Of Internet Privacy?

The perils of democracy

Engineers without Fears

Which reminded me of something an Indian once said to me: "You British gave us democracy. Democracy tends to work best with educated and literate populations**. I am not suggesting that India (or any other state) should forgo democracy for technocratic rule by expert or neo-colonialism or enlightened despotism. In a conversation outside the Westin hotel, Ralph reiterated his belief that powerpoint democratised multi-media.

Conversational democracy and neighbourhood online networks


So it would help if we can develop a thriving communication ecology at neighbourhood level, and get some conversational democracy we can depend on. In the nick of time, with local democracy gagged and tied to the tracks and the train of public spending cuts thundering down the line, along come gallant dynamic al-action neighbourhood online networks. Tags: Citizenship and democracy Governance and participation Information and communication Social capital

Dyer: Why the Arabs can handle democracy

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Dyer: Why the Arabs can handle democracy. One of the incidental pleasures of the past few weeks has been watching the Western media struggling to come to terms with the notion of Arab democracy. After all, they have no previous experience of democracy, and it's basically a Western invention, isn't it? What makes the Arabs suitable candidates for democracy is their heritage as human beings, not their specific cultural or historical antecedents.

All posts in The "Rules": Democracies Online Exchange: Democracies Online


In our social media workshop we are talking about rules, norms and agreements. This is an example.

Inactive democracy was always a bad idea: street reps and new forms of governance


What these practitioners are trying to do, in some pretty downtrodden localities, is to help networks develop which have credence and weight but do not become cliques, which are open and reflect an informal participative democracy based on local people’s interests. Inactive democracy was always a bad idea. Citizenship and democracy Governance and participation

Bottom-Up Democracy: Selecting Our Representatives Face to Face

How to Save the World

BLOG Bottom-Up Democracy: Selecting Our Representatives Face to Face.

Civic Crowdfunding vs Tax – Collaborative Government #Gov2

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Representational Democracy vs… Representational democracy is where one person is selected by the community to represent the community. This doesn’t really exist anymore – the idea that putting mediators or filters in the way of direct democracy is kinda on the out.

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If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul?

Alchemy of Change

This legal fiction serves a number of practical purposes, but over time, the courts have gradually expanded the implications of corporate personhood in ways that undermine democracy in this country. Our democracy suffers today from the undo influence of money in our politics. The U.S.

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Yale Daily News - Cersonsky: Democracy in New Haven


In New organizing is about community.define what they do as building “relational culture,” which, unlike an “affinity group,” does not feed on a shared interest or cause. It’s synonymous with collectivism, but reflects an on-the-ground willingness to get to know one another and work together rather than some predefined identity. In the language of political economist Karl Polanyi, it is achieved rather than ascribed. How do you get relational culture to happen? You in-source.

The Divine Right of Capital – A Summary

Alchemy of Change

The Principle of Democracy: The corporation is a human community, and like the larger community of which it is a part, it is best governed democratically. Democracy & Social Change Mission, Meaning & Impact Ownership, Management & Governance

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Trust and Networks

Alchemy of Change

Democracy & Social Change Engagement, Relationships & Connection Networks & SystemsTrust makes networks work. When trust is high among members of a network, there’s a wonderful cohesiveness and capacity to get work done.

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Climate Skeptic Monument

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Sustainability activism climate legislationHere’s an idea that’s sure to please both sides of the climate “debate.&# Let’s build a giant monument to all those who oppose taking action to prevent climate change. We can call it the Climate Skeptic Monument.

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Love and Power

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Power RelationshipIn honor of Dr. King today: “Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, or economic changes.

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The Divine Right of Capital: Wealth Reigns

Alchemy of Change

The history of democracy is the history of people repeatedly and successfully challenging various forms of property rights. The Magna Carta limited the king’s ability to take other’s property and was a seminal moment in the history of democracy.

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Tuesday Ryan-Hart’s work on power

Chris Corrigan

Art of Hosting Democracy PowerSince October 2011, when I first lay on the floor and listened to Tuesday Ryan-Hart teach at the Art of Social Justice in New York held thirty-five blocks from where Occupy Wall Street was just getting started, I have been intrigued, challenged and enamoured by her work on these issues.

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Citizens United v. United Citizens: Building a Movement to Drive Money Out of Politics

Alchemy of Change

When money flows in our political system, however, it’s a cancer that infects politicians and through them our institutions of democracy. Investing in Democracy. Getting money out of politics is not just an issue ; democracy is not just an issue. Democracy Engagement Power

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The Divine Right of Capital: Lords of the Earth

Alchemy of Change

“If equality under the law is the hallmark of democracy, privilege sanctioned by law is the hallmark of aristocracy.&# Democracy Good Companies Ownership capitalism corporations wealth

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Keeping Wall Street Like Cairo, Not London

Alchemy of Change

Wrong, not just in the moral sense that it betrays the fundamental principles of our democracy, but wrong in the strategic sense that it actually increases the likelihood of longer-term, violent social disorder. People Power #occupywallst #occupywallstreet civic engagement democracy protests

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The Divine Right of Capital: The Sacred Texts

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies Mission Ownership capitalism corporationsI just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly. It’s one of those mind-opening books that deserves to be read by a large audience.

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Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012

Evolving Web

Business Cooperation Community Indicators Cooperation Culture Emergent Democracy Life Management Personal KanbanFollowing last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp ”, we are now nearing Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012. (We

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The Bank of Facebook

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Engagement Innovation Mission NetworksThis morning I followed a link to an article on ZDNet, somewhat disingeniously titled “Zuckerberg says it’s time for Facebook to become a “Social Business.&# Wow, I thought, could Facebook really be up to something innovative here – a breakthrough in governance and funding to better align the firm with the long-term interests of its customers who already invest so deeply in the service in non-financial ways?

Struggling to pick up the trash in the face of weaponized evaluation

Chris Corrigan

Democracy Evaluation FeaturedMost of my work lies with the organizations of what Henry Mintzberg calls “The plural sector.” ” These are the organizations tasked with picking up the work that governments and corporations refuse to do.

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