[FoRK] occupy - deliberative democracy
lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 12:18:15 PDT 2012
What about fraud in rigging the polling questions? What are the
protections against attackers affecting the language used?
I went to a "ballot question" party once. Each attendee had to study
one of the ballot questions and give a short presentation on what it
meant. There is then a discussion about the details. The goal isn't to
advocate but to understand. 5-10 minutes per question. But the
conversation gets very substantive.
This was a danah boyd project. Great idea for the health of a
democracy, and fun.
On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
<drernie at radicalcentrism.org> wrote:
> Hi Lucas,
> On Aug 14, 2012, at 11:14 AM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
>> I could imagine implementing this at the level of community government.
>> A city might commit to using it for some particular policy question.
> And in fact, many of them have. Mostly in China:
>> Deliberative polls have been held in China for over five years. The coastal township of Zeguo in Wenling city has a population of 120,000. Fishkin's team selects 175 people who are representative of the general population. Deliberative polling takes place over a 3-day period, and the local government utilizes the priorities of the group. The experiment worked so well that the topic expanded from a single issue the first year (prioritizing public works projects) to the entire budget, and the Chinese are considering the process in other municipalities.
> The techniques have been refined and validated at the city and regional level; if we can make it work in California, there's no reason we can't scale it up to federal politics...
> -- Ernie P.
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