Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Civic Virtue

For Aristotle, in ancient Athens, the concept of Civic Virtue was central to democratic life. It is one of four elements in The Good Life: wealth, honour, pleasure, virtue. I would hope that each voter would bring to Interactive Democracy their own, personal take on what makes the good life, for themselves and others, but what is genuinely good for one, may not be good for another.
Could it be that virtue lies less with the individual but is rather a characteristic of the system?

The virtues of Interactive Democracy:
  1. It encourages (but does not demand) involvement
  2. It encourages problem solving and creativity
  3. It encourages people to explore alternatives and opposite points of view
  4. It engenders empathy through personal stories and experiences
  5. It draws out underlying value systems
  6. It encourages civic responsibility
  7. It is a type of education
  8. It allows leaders and experts to emerge
  9. It involves the day-to-day experience of everyone
  10. It subverts political tribalism, without destroying it
  11. It fosters transparency and encourages the exploration of data
  12. It subverts the bias of money in politics
  13. It builds on our democratic and cultural heritage
  14. It respects society AND individuality
  15. It is meritocratic
  16. It is pragmatic
  17. It is fair

What other virtues would you like our political system to foster?

This post was inspired by Justice: A Citizens' Guide to the 21st Century by Michael Sandel. Please click here to watch on iPlayer.

1 comment:

ZonGo said...

I'm doing a powerpoint presentation on e-democracy, that from my point of view is pretty much as your interactive democracy, for some colegues, as part of political subjects for our class.
I was wondering if you have any presentation done on the subject, or any material that I can use.
I will be presenting this thursday.
Thank you very much.