What NEED does this meet?
Aim: To create a loom for weavers of social fabric.
ie: an open source social programming environment.
ie: to provide a structure for the people who wish to effect social change to do so.
Imagine an open source legal system.
interactive: WikiGov is to government as tv is to internet.
What is the APPROACH?
Fully interactive virtual-government website.
See the general consensus on an issue. Influence it with your vote. Create a new issue.
Join in with a discussion. Create a discussion. Ask why something is the way it is. Share some knowledge. Such discussions will assist responsible decision making.
See at a glance – what are the hot topics?
What are the BENEFITS to people?
It should dissolve the us/them powerlessness mindset that it’s easy to fall into, when we percieve the way politics happens — eg westminster live.
it will bring intelligent discussion into politics, and fish out lies and contradictions.
if it grows big politicians won’t be able to ignore the ebbs and flows of opinion polls. thus it becomes a huge magnifying glass for channeling a hive-mind.
What is the COMPETITION?
ok. step back. how do we get info? usually papers. that’s basically: everything that happened yesterday that is atypical — ie interesting / fascinating etc. what are the biggest outrages / most horrid murders / greatest unfairnesses/injustices.
its entertainment, or at best a set of emotional triggers with which we reaffirm a social identity — “this is who i am defined by what i stand for and what i am against”. that’s comfy but non-constructive.
What BUDGETS & LOGISTICS are required?
maybe 5 programmers for 3 months (tho i havent a clue :)). only problem i can see is ensuring people are who they really are (ie no spam). maybe use a national insurance # or passpt # or address as unique id.