Designing Open Democracy
By Designing Open Democracy Team
In our episodes you will find detailed discussions in potential opportunities for reforming of existing democratic institutions; from local organisations to national governments around the world through technology or other practices. Our aim is to improve democracy: we think this can best be done by providing a forum for discussing democracy proposals, ideas, and to foster collaboration between people who would like to participate in democracy reform.
Think Outside The Ballot Box
Designing Open DemocracyJan 21, 2023
Basil’s Table: Building co-operative futures in the tech bros era (December 6, 2022)
Antony McMullen and Sonja Schulze from 888 Co-operative Causeway organised this particular event for Basil’s Table just before 2023. Which is an interview series conducted by Basil Varghese, a well-known Melbourne- based community builder and advocate for social justice, who has long been committed to ‘bridging the gap between those that have and have not’. As a Patron of 888 Co-operative Causeway, Basil hosts these conversations with special guests online or at the Kelvin Club in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on topics relevant to building a connected community across Victoria Australia.
The event called "sheet: Building co-operative futures in the tech bros era" was a panel where the the cooperative community took stock on the year of 22022 and what to expect for the future. The Designing Open Democracy community believe this will be of interest to the wider democracy community because of the need to encourage democratic structures in not just the governmental level but in the workplace as well.
In addition – there will be a very special announcement – regarding an opportunity to join the 888 co-operative as part of a broader exciting initiative with a major university.
Have the tech-bros got all the answers? With the passing of Deliveroo, and Twitter appearing to slowly die like the proverbial canary in the coal mine (or alternatively morphing into a bird of prey) many are looking for new ways of organising and owning the platforms we use – to build stronger local community relationships for social, economic, and environmental resilience.
- In the face of global political and climate uncertainty – are populist ideologies from the left or right the only alternatives?
- Mutual aid and reciprocity – what kinds of social, technological, and environmental systems, institutions and relationship building initiatives are required?
- Elena Pereyra – CoHousing Australia
- Jose Ramos – Action Foresight
- Bridgette Engeler – Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Swinburne University
- Alexar Pendashteh – Technologist / Social Entrepreneur.
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Interview with Austin. Founder of Write In Stone
Austin was previously working in the Journalism space when he saw an issue of the loss of trust in media. When you read a newspaper or watch a documentary, how do you understand or trust how Journalist obtained and researched the subject at hand? As a fellow democracy innovator he seeks to create tools and apps to provide Journalist and media companies with the ability to provide a transparent and public verifiable trail of the journalistic journey that helped to create media pieces.
You can check out his project at https://www.writeinstone.com/ .
This is a joint Designing Open Democracy and Innovation Trademarked interview of Austin and his Write In Stone PTY company. Which is of interest to us due to his apps potential contribution to the intersection between democracy and innovative technology startups tackling real cracks in the current social fabric of many nations around the world. Listen to learn more about how his tool may one day come to power a media outlet near you.
Recorded on 2021-07-31
Catching up with Adam Jacoby. Founder of MiVote
After a few years it is about time to catch up with Adam Jacoby, founder of MiVote. MiVote is a collaborative decision making and voting platform that aims to give the entire public a say in parliament. In this interview we aim to learn more about how MiVote has progressed after a few years and what success and stumbling blocks this project has encountered that can apply for other democracy innovation projects.
Referenced Links: https://mivote.tech/
Note that this was intended to be a one to one interview with Adam Jacoby, but on the day of the interview a lockdown was declared due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic hitting Melbourne Australia. Thus recording was done via video conferencing and was partially redubbed on my side to account for a live recording audio glitch.
Recorded on 2021-07-20
Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility towards Economic Democracy
This podcast recorded and hosted by Alexar on March 2020, was a talk by Anthony McMullen from Co-operative Bonds, explaining how we can step beyond Corporate Social Responsibility towards a corporate structure with a fundamentally more democratic economic structure. Given the situation around the world with the global pandemic in 2020, social distancing requirements meant we had to record this episode by video conferencing. So audio quality will be different compared to other episodes.
The first half of this event with be a short primer by Anthony McMullen to get newcomers up to speed about what Co-operatives is and why it matters. Afterwards a panel led by Anthony McMullen will be held to discuss about the state of co-operatives in Australia and how co-operatives can gain traction against traditional forms of business structures.
# Speakers Biography
## Antony McMullen (Co-operative Bonds)
Antony McMullen is a Melbourne based co-operative entrepreneur and expert in co-op development, policy and enterprise for common good, with qualifications in social impact (social entrepreneurship) and community development.
Co-founder of Co-operative Bonds, his consultancy specialises in offering expert advice and support to help build and grow many other co-operatives.
He is also secretary and co-founder of Co-op Incubator, as well as co-founder of the cooperative network in Melbourne - 888 Co-operative Causeway.
In addition he also collaboratively prepared the Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise (CME) governance framework for the Australian Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals in 2018.
Serving as Vice-President of the Victoria Day Council (that administers the Victorian of the Year award), he also holds qualifications in social impact (social entrepreneurship) and community development.
## Sean Bezard (Earthworker Cooperative)
Sean Bezard is a membership officer at Earthworker Cooperative in addition to being an Earthworker representative on the Redgum Cleaning Coop board.
Volunteering with Earthworker for 6 years in a range of fields in every capacity, he hopes to bridge the divide between economic and environmental concerns.
Most of all, he is driven by a strong belief in every project with a core philosophy that emphasises the importance of a collaborative economy to foster a more holistic and inclusive democracy.
## Ian McBurney (bHive)
Ian McBurney is an ecological sustainability educator, entrepreneur, facilitator, speaker, MC and author.
His specialty is change practice: how do we inspire others around us?
Ian spent 5 years in the early 2000s at Vox Bandicoot (http://voxbandicoot.com.au/) in Melbourne, delivering the famous environmental theatre program to ten thousand students, workplace culture change training to six thousand staff in local government and manufacturing.
Isegoria: The Way Citizens' Juries Deliver It, How Elections Destroy It (Nicholas Gruen: CEO of Lateral Economics)
For this episode recorded on the 3rd of March 2020, I visited a prominent Australian economist named Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics.
As frequent commentator on economic reform as well as innovation, he will be joining us for this episode to explore the concept of Citizens' Juries and how it could be implemented in Australia and other countries.
Here is some links and concepts referenced in this talk:
•Considered Opinion Of The People
•Citizens' Juries Wikipedia Page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens%27_jury
•For this quote in this talk: "How we build online tools that amp down the aggro and qualify good contribution" it is in reference to this article "The middleware of democracy. Or from knowledge to wisdom: or at least knowledge 2.0" that was posted on July 30, 2014 by Nicholas Gruen found from this link clubtroppo.com.au/2014/07/30/from-knowledge-to-wisdom-or-at-least-knowledge-2-0/
•Gruen: detox democracy through representation by random selection: www.themandarin.com.au/75323-nicholas-gruen-detoxing-democracy/
•Nicholas Gruen Organisation Lateral Economics: lateraleconomics.com.au/
•Nicholas Gruen's Wikipedia Page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Gruen
•Isegoria - (Noun) Equality of all in freedom of speech: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/isegoria
•To reach out to Nicholas Gruen his email is: email@example.com
Other Organisations Referenced In This Talk:
•Proportional Representation Society of Australia
Episode Discussion Page: discuss.designingopendemocracy.com/t/podcast-isegoria-the-way-citizens-juries-deliver-it-how-elections-destroy-it-nicholas-gruen-ceo-of-lateral-economics/195/1
Basil's Table - Banking On The Future In A Climate Of Change (888 Co-operative Causeway)(Special)
The main speaker for this event is Rowan Dowland who heads up the Bank Australia's strategy and planning area.
While this event is not directly operated by Designing Open Democracy, this may be of interest to our community in providing the background context for next month talk "Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility towards Economic Democracy (Cooperatives)" by Antony McMullen who co-founded both Co-operative Bonds and 888 Co-operative Causeway.
This was recorded live with minimum editing on the February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the Kelvin Club.
888 Co-operative Causeway Event Link: www.888causeway.coop/event/basils-table-banking-on-the-future-in-a-climate-of-change/
Discussion Page: discuss.designingopendemocracy.com/t/podcast-basil-s-table-banking-on-the-future-in-a-climate-of-change-888-co-operative-causeway-special/194
Designing Open Democracy 2020 Primer
(Bonus Content) Talk with Ben Ballingall about Flux Party and Issue Based Direct Democracy System
This is a friendly talk with Ben Ballingall member of the Australian based Issues Based Direct Democracy political party.
Talk with Ben Ballingall about Flux Party and Issue Based Direct Democracy System
In this talk, we will be talking about meeting a British citizen who told us about his experience with Brexit. From this background you will learn more about what is Issues Based Direct Democracy and Flux party as well as the potential pros and cons of such a system.
This was recorded on 2020-02-11
Flux Party Website: voteflux.org
Some of the questions we asked is about the IBDD system that Flux is implementing:
* Q: What Issue Based Direct Democracy
* Q: Citizen Juries vs Flux (Issues Based Direct Democracy)
* Q: People aren't engaged; not aware they're not in democracy; media doesn't tell them their choices. How to get to people if not aware of?
* Q: Is there an algorithm for selecting issues - as representative as possible?
We also talked about more Flux specific questions:
* Q: What is the theory and philosophy behind IBDD and Flux?
* Q: Will interest groups cause problems? How would you stop that in your proposal?
* Q: If you manage to get a representative into parliament, how is it going to work with the normal representative? (They're assumed to be an autonomous actor in the parliament.)
* Q: What sort of result would you need in the next elections before you can get a representative into parliament?
* Q: Is there an algorithm for selecting issues - as representative as possible of the public?
Citizens' Democracy (part 3): Question & Answers
Citizens' Democracy (part 2): Hubertus Hofkirchner
Citizens' Democracy (part 1): Nicholas Gruen
Challenges Facing the Present and Future of Democracy
Trust, a concept analysis