Think of all the things that have changed over the last 100 years. Transportation, communication, how we work and how we dress, for example. Yet the democratic model remains the same. We still elect people to make decisions on our behalf even though we can now use technology to gather individual opinions on any issue within seconds.
Many people have lost faith in bipartisan systems and it can be hard to distinguish the difference between the parties on the left and right. Corruption, poor accountability, and bickering amongst politicians haven’t helped. Democracy is supposed to be a vehicle through which the people can have a say in how their society operates. Instead, true democracy has been replaced by political games and point-scoring.
So, what’s the solution?
Recently, Florence Guild invited Adam A Jacoby, founder and Chief Steward of the political movement, MiVote, to share his insights on this topic. Keeping with the Florence Guild speaker series narrative, ‘The Antidisciplinary Future’, Adam discussed how we need to look outside traditional disciplines – in this case, democratic disciplines – to find new and better ways to cater for the world we live in now.
According to Adam, it’s time we took a very different approach. MiVote decided to design a new democratic system in the same way that businesses design new products, asking themselves the following questions:
“If you were going to create a democracy as a product after the birth of the internet, what would it look like so that A – people wanted to buy it, B – they wanted to tell their friends about it, and C – they would be loyal to it?”
MiVote determined that their new democratic model must meet 4 basic principles:
- It must be free of all ideology. Each decision must be based on the facts pertinent to each issue.
- Citizens must be fully informed of all available facts, options, and consequences before being asked to cast a vote on specific issues.
- Political representatives should only develop policies after researching the direction that the majority of people want to take.
- All representatives must be fully accountable for their performance and free from bias and persuasion. If they don’t do their job well, they can be removed from office quickly.
MiVote is both a new information platform and an international not-for-profit political movement that provides everyone with the opportunity to vote on issues currently up for debate in their country’s Parliament. Users vote on specific issues via an app and every vote is counted. Once a 60% majority is reached, that verdict becomes party policy and any MiVote representatives in Parliament will vote accordingly.
Does that sound like a democratic system that works for you?
To learn more about how MiVote works and to hear Adam discuss the nature of democracy, tune in to episode 2 of our podcast series. You can also keep up to date with conversations with other thought leaders by subscribing to our podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.