Author: Ricardo Johansson
What NEED does this meet?
If there are two or more individuals in a community who desire to pull themselves out of the hole of apathy and powerlessness, they can introduce a hybrid system of physical/virtual decision making (already developed in NSW Australia). The virtual part is www.1062.org. This hybrid system is fair to both computer literate and non-computer literate citizens. This system has the potential for enabliing the community members to exercise whatever level of authority they choose.
What is the APPROACH?
These individuals can introduce a campaign to their communities that allows the community to sign a specific performance contract with candidates that requires the candidate to use this hybrid system that enables community members to exercise their civic responsibilities and participate in the local government decision-making process. This contract (already designed and introduced in NSW Australia) may specify what decisions a politician can make using his or her own discretion and what decisons require specific authorization from the people – before he/she casts a vote in chambers.
What are the BENEFITS to people?
If you could divide the local government decision-making process into two catagories: decisions made by local representatives without the consent of the people and decisions made by local representatives requiring prior approval of the people, what would be included in those two catagories? This is the choice of each community. It will make the local governance process much easier for both the community and the politician. If a politician breaches the contract, it is no longer the typical response: “vote for somone else when my term is finished.” The people can command real control in real time in a real democracy. The politician may be sued in a court of law for breach of contract.
What is the COMPETITION?
What BUDGETS & LOGISTICS are required?