New Economic Perspectives has the article A Bottom-Up Solution to the Global Democracy Crisis by Joe Firestone. There is a good description of what has gone wrong with our current system. Ultimately, the article leads to a description of a possible solution. Firestone says the following:
I know of a global web platform now in development that can be brought online rapidly which, along with its members and participants will generate new voter-controlled institutions capable of countering the factors I’ve named earlier. This platform can empower U.S. voters, for example, across the spectrum, to join forces to replace poorly performing elites with leaders that will represent the people in time for the U.S. presidential and Congressional elections of 2016.
If you want to learn more about the project to bring this web platform for re-inventing democracy to fruition, and how it can restore the ability of democracies to change their leaders, then please go to reinventdemocracy.net, and reinventdemocracyfoundation.net for more information.
The web site presents some very intriguing ideas and possibilities. In looking through the pages of the web site, I don’t think I found evidence that the patented software systems are actually available on this web site, yet. I can hardly wait to see the software in action.
I have sent an email query about how to help the web site get developed more quickly. I have asked if there are thoughts of turning this into an open source software development project. I’ll report back here if I get any further information.
September 22, 2014
I did get an email response which was an Invitation to Join the Re-Invent Democracy Community. The link below will take you to their crowd sourcing web site. There is a slide show explaining what Re-invent Democracy is trying to accomplish.