Monday, 17 September 2007

The Ideas Engine.... I'll Second That!

One of the central ideas of Interactive Democracy is that anyone can put forward a policy. Voters can then decide to "second the motion" with those ideas getting the most support being prioritised for "clarification" by the elected house of commons.

"Clarification" would set out the options to be presented for a public vote. The house of commons may also request further expert studies into the proposals before deciding when the referendum should be held.

The ability of the grass roots to put forward new ideas, rooted in their personal or professional experience, may be the strongest benefit of Interactive Democracy. Imagine healthcare professionals, police officers, soldiers and teachers being able to effect the law in this way.

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