I’m quoted in the Economist today:
Government by (all) the people
Successful examples of legislation by the masses are rare. Most people don’t know how to write laws. Tim Bonnemann, the founder of Intellitics, an American firm specialising in public-participation tools, says a better method is to canvas views widely but use a small team to write a draft. The hard part is not the technology (a simple online discussion forum is adequate) but creating a fair and transparent process that assures people their voices have been heard.
For a more detailed take, check out our three-post series from March of this year:
- How To Create Policy on a Wiki
- Blast from the Past: Experiments in Wiki-Based Political Discourse from Way Back When
- Challenges for Wiki-Based Consultations
If you speak Russian and find the time to review the Wikivote.ru site, please share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!