New Year New Politics? Thinking Tank 07.01.2009

As Obama steps into his new role, at the Thinking Tank we started the year with an experiment in reaching political decisions without political parties. A number of you proposed motions and we worked together to look at the key pros and cons and reach a decision.

And yes, it worked. Online technology offers different opportunities and we had a thoughtful and constructive debate which led to the following motions (in order with the most strongly supported first) being agreed by the majority.

PROPOSAL: No more party politics. Governments should govern – but guided by constant monitoring of the needs of the people they serve.

  • Even what we are doing now [online brainstorming] is a method that can be used better by politicians – be it already to check alignment
  • It will engage and give some responsibility back: people can then no longer talk about them the government or politicians

PROPOSAL: We cannot afford to economise on innovation

  • Necessity is the mother of invention. we need innovation now to address global warming, food distribution, wars, lonely old people, so many problems still waiting for solutions
  • Innovation creates energy, hope, new opportunities a future.. and this is perspective is what we all need

PROPOSAL: A new global movement should be started based on the principle that each individual is a member of the world constituency.

  • This would help to overcome the “them and us” approach and remind us that we share the planet and all need to cooperate to survive
  • innovation could come from an internationally important project such as power, disease eradication, poverty addressing, etc. But not by individual Govts, as they would tend to be selfish

PROCESS (on-line debating and convergence)

There were also some interesting observations about the process of online brainstorming in order to develop our thinking and reach better conclusions

  • This is a good tool to get quick feedback and input on key choices
  • Even what we are doing now is a method that can be used better by politicians – it’s all ready to check alignment
  • Present-day technology (such as blogs), is a useful tool for ‘direct democracy’

Proposal: start www.ThinkingTank aligning more and more people in this idea

  • The Obama texting captured people’s attention when everyone thought voting was doomed to decline… this could do the same

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