People Power – What Progress on Fighting Inequality Would Look Like
Movements overcome injustices not just by bearing witness to the wrongs of the time, but by enabling people to envision a better future.
Most importantly, activists are saying that progress in the fight against inequality would look like a strengthening of the power of ordinary people – more people finding support in community groups and trade unions, a stronger voice for people in decisions that affect them. This is partly because the scale of change entailed can only come about through pressure from below – it is the only way it ever has. And because any change would be either inadequately followed through, or be too easily reversible, unless people power hold governments to account.
CO-DECIDING WITH CITIZENS: TOWARDS DIGITAL DEMOCRACY AT EU LEVEL
Elisa Bruno, EU Policies and Outreach Manager, ECAS
A new Deliberative-Collaborative eDemocracy model is emerging worldwide. This model can ensure high quality policy-making by involving citizens directly in the policy process through the use of Web 2.0 facilities to enhance and manage large-scale information in a collaborative process. As a part of this model, crowdsourcing for policy-making has been used at national and local levels to gather information and knowledge from an undefined crowd using ICT and the Internet. Thanks to crowdsourcing, policy-makers co-legislate with citizens, who then become part of the political process in-between elections.
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“One very simple, but radical, idea: to democratise Europe.” An interview with Yanis Varoufakis
I followed my own thinking through to the extent that I can, logically, and reached the conclusion that a pan-European movement is the only solution. … why this should be a movement, and not a party and not an elite.
10 questions for Jon Huntsman, Joe Lieberman
HARWOOD: What’s wrong with American politics?
HUNTSMAN: I think professional politicians have taken over. They’ve professionalized what used to be a pursuit in public service…
LIEBERMAN: … it got more and more partisan, so my last two years were the most partisan, most rigid, and therefore the least productive. We didn’t get anything done.
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