Our representational democracy is in a crisis. It is not solving the big problems of our times. A new type of democracy will be needed to overcome this crisis. This is my concept.
I need to compare this to Benjamin Barber's "Strong Democracy"
- People mostly don't trust their politicians. They choose the "lesser evil".
- Our democracies rely on debate as an important mechanism.
- Most political processes are brought to a point where it is a digital decision: for or against.
- I can only vote for one party at a time, but do not necessarily agree with their political programme in all points. In those, where I agree, the party is then effectively representing me, in those where I don't agree, it is not.
- Communication within the political system relies on destructive communication to a big extent. That makes it inefficient.
- The best people don't get involved in politics, because they know that it is a dirty business.
- Lobbies do not need to care about other parts of society. A system that relies on selfishness and ignorance of other needs is immature.
- As long as individuals are taking decisions out of their own representative power, they will be vulnerable to corruption from financially or otherwise powerful actors.
- Organize participatory processes, open to anyone who would like to get involved.
- The politician should not be the one to take the decisions: all stakeholders should develop the solution together.
- The politician should only facilitate the process of arriving of the generally accepted solution.
- In an open process, no hidden interests will be involved in developing a solution. Interests will either be brought to the table, for everyone to consider, or they will not be considered in the process.
- In an open stakeholder process, only those who are actually affected will take the pains to participate. They are the right persons to decide about the issues that affect them.
- Eliminate digital decisions as much as possible from the political process, in order to encourage Constructive Communication and unity and avoid polarization and Destructive Communication.
- Citizen's jurys or similar forms of citizen participation should be a standard part of all political decision making. They can be used as a complement in the first place and get a more important role with time.