I gave a talk at the end of last year (to the Borders to Cross event in Amsterdam) on the future of democracy, and how innovations might change its character.
I’ve written a lot in the past about how the 19th century innovations that created what we think of as modern democracy (regularly elected parliaments with parties, manifestos etc) became, in effect, frozen, because the beneficiaries of the system had little reason to change it.
There have been many experiments in recent years around possible alternatives, many using new communications technologies (several dozen were showcased at Borders to Cross). In the talk I asked what we’ve learned from these - what worked and what didn’t, and how democratic innovation could succeed in the future. Here are the slides from my talk.
One of the prompts for doing the talk was that Nesta is helping to coordinate the D-CENT project with some great partners.
D-CENT will be linking up technological innovators, parliaments and movements to show what 21st century democracy could look like in practice. The project runs over the next couple of years and will, hopefully, provide useful online tools, and ideas, for legislatures around the world that want to engage citizens more successfully in the future.