The above recording is of a presentation Manfred Hellrigl gave to an audience in Stockholm, Sweden, starting out with the following questions... (My notes below are not a 1-to-1 verbatim match to what Manfred is presenting, they also include some interpretations/adaptations)
- How can we secure our standard of living?
- How can we secure a good future for our kids?
- Who will take care of us when we need care?
- How can we deal with growing diversity?
- How can we deal with the growing complexity?
- Who will pay the debt?
- Why are we in debt?
- What's going wrong?
- Who is to blame?
Political dilemma of sustainability - people that face it are un-re-electable.
Who is going to solve these issues if we can't expect it from the
how can it be that the political system developed in a way that it
doesn't solve the big and important issues we are confronted with?
Citizens are treated as customers
Politics/parliament, economy and experts run the system, citizens are a
mere disturbance vulnerable to lobbyism
Study of volunteering in Europe - countries with the least engaged
citizens have the most trouble in the current economic crisis.
We need active, engaged, collaborative citizens
How can we support and promote civil engagement
How can we make people step out of there comfort zone and do something
for their neighborhood, community, town they are living in
How can we get them?
- laws and regulations
- to plea and call
- subsidies, grants
- awards and decorations
Appreciative inquiry: looking for what is working instead of looking
to fix what is not
- Acupuncture points (find the change makers)
- Self-organisation (let them do it their way)
- How to organize self-organisation (example roundabout)
Langenegg example: snowball method
- found the major
- major selected 15 random citizens
- 15 random citizens were invited to come back with 2 more each
- 45 gathered to make a list of key individuals in the community
- 200 people were invited to network
- encouraged to talked about whatever they wanted
Proposal for child friendliness:
- 2000 randomly selected, invited
- 75 agreed to take four days off work unpaid
also included 50 children in a future conference
and open space with 60 experts
what children and adults proposed was at least as interesting as what
Citizens jury is too expensive
Cheaper: wisdom councils
Random selection: can't use brochure/poster to invite. must instead
pick directly/randomly and tell that they were chosen
Problem --> solution --> ok, that may sometimes work
Problem --> responsibility --> trust --> shared vision --> implement solution
Cooperation utilizes the power of diversity
Our way of thinking is influenced by the economic way of thinking,
focusing on deficits
Deficits --> opportunities for products and services --> growth of institutions
Abundance --> strength, talents, gifts --> co-operation
Requires willingness to respect open processes
Politicians don't need to have solutions
Public acceptance is required anyway - involving the public to come
up with solutions is the shortcut to progress
During the first half of June, political activist and writer
Richard Moore was visiting
from Ireland and we turned these two weeks into a project to not only provide him with a deeper understanding of Switzerland's system of direct democracy but also attempt the rethinking of the workings of democracy, civil society and the economy, looking for a consensus on a new way forward.
First we traveled around Switzerland to meet with various people able to offer unique insights into the political system, and dug deep into the psyche of Swiss democracy to look for lessons learnt as well as new ideas to be applied to deepen democracy in Switzerland, Ireland and Europe.
The weekend of June 9-10, 2012 we hosted an intensive discussion on "Deepening Democracy", exploring the directions in which democracy may be evolved. The group of people that participated was comprised of people loosely related to the
project, people from the larger anarchist scene around St-Imier and people with an inherit interest in democracy living in the surrounding area.
All this resulted in the following diagrams and flip charts, and the emergence of the participants as the "beau-sejour" group founding a new organization that we named
with a mission to develop and search for conventions and best practices that allow civil society to better self-organize. These conventions should provide ways for different groups and organizations with an internal structure which allows them to reach consensus, to enter into a harmonization process with other organizations like that, in order to develop a larger whole system consensus. In other words, the outcome of this weekend session was that deeper democracy means democracy that relies much less on voting and instead focuses on consensus processes.
"Think for a moment of the complex reasoning this mama exhibited: first, she had memory memory of her four previous losses, in which bringing her new calf to the barn resulted in her never seeing him/her again (heartbreaking for any mammalian mother). Second, she could formulate and then execute a plan: if bringing a calf to the farmer meant that she would inevitably lose him/her, then she would keep her calf hidden, as deer do, by keeping her baby in the woods lying still till she returned. Third and I do not know what to make of this myself instead of hiding both, which would have aroused the farmers suspicion (pregnant cow leaves the barn in the evening, unpregnant cow comes back the next morning without offspring), she gave him one and kept one herself."
"Cow Proves Animals Love, Think, And Act"
> Consensus is not something you either have or not. It is something you always have more or less of.
> Self-organisation as a powerful change agent
> Sixteen Saltines by Jack White
> Participate.ch macht Deliberative Demokratie mit Konsensforum
> International Anarchism Gathering, St-Imier 2012
> If what you are doing is not helpful, please stop doing it. Seriously.
> Out of Print: The 20th Century
> Jacob Appelbaum and National Security Agency whistleblower William Binne on growing state surveillance
> The Adobe Creative Cloud is coming!
> Working on true, bottom up subsidiarity
> Beim Denken sind Tiere auch nur Menschen
> Light Table - a new IDE concept
> Saturn Return by She Keeps Bees
> Lea & story-209 by michelo-ud
> Tim Anderson and Matthew Slater on Community Forge
> Journée: Coopératives & énergies renouvelables
> Summer 2012 will be the Woodstock of Anarchism
> Late in the Night by Heartless Bastards
> House Rules
> Everyone is an exception. Let's try and catch each other.
> Finish your Beer
> Zweites Eichhorn 2011 by michelo-ud
> I believe I know what is true, but I know I don't know what is real.
> O Freedom by Billy Bragg
> Bradley Manning by Cass McCombs
> The Foundation of Democracy
> The Three Pillars of Democracy
> Will Not Follow by Gringo Star
> Hydrogen production from inexhaustible supplies of fresh and salt water using microbial reverse-electrodialysis electrolysis cells
> Fortschritt statt schildbürgerliches Wachstum
> Consensus & Direct Democracy @ Occupy Everything
> Libertär, EU-kritisch, ökologisch, sozial
> The Creative Cloud, Elasticity, Touch and Context
> Privacy is only needed to the extent that society is malfunctioning.
> Antwort auf offenen Brief von Tobias Sennhauser
> Evolution is not about the survival of the fittest, it is about the optimization of the synergies.
> New GPB-DA Poster (and Logo) for the Federal Elections 2011
> Here's to the crazy ones!
> How To Design A Good API and Why it Matters
> Die Grünen sind die liberalsten
> Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul
> 25th Fête de la Lune Noire
> Switzerland is Not a Nation - it is a Philosophy
> Damn Love Song by Amy LaVere
> Re: parteifrei.ch
> RingoJS 0.8.0 is out!
> Strength in Numbers by Colin Scallan
> This Painting is Not Available in Your Country
> Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform
> Customer Experience Management
> Not becoming part of the problem when trying to be part of the solution
> What's Next California
> The Data Liberation Front
> The Definition of Love
> Paradise with Side Effects
> Permaculture - A Quiet Revolution
> Storm Song by Smoke Fairies
> Best Music, News, and More is Back!
> Christiana Bike gone missing in Basel
> Newark Peace Education Panel
> Wishful thinking is the mother of all progress
> AIR is to apps as PDF is to docs
> Everything is either simple or flawed
> Canada, please evolve
> Piledriver Waltz by Alex Turner
> Blue Tip by The Cars
> Re: Administrivia
> Madame Trudeaux by KT Tunstall
> Powerful stroke of insight
> How to Save the World, Fast and Easy
> Think before teaching young dogs old tricks
> It Hurts Me Too by First Aid Kit
> Asmaa Mahfouz starting a revolution
> No more White Stripes
> Could uprisings in Egypt and the Arab world produce a 'Muslim Gandhi'?
> The decision to store data in a database is usually a case of premature optimization
> Cablecom baffled by service interruptions
> Fixing the Future
> Please Take by Wire
> Software Engineering
> So Long, Larry King Live
> WikiLeaks moves to Switzerland
> Making Antimatter where the Web was born
> Which system setting, Mr. Citrix?
> Daniel Ellsberg on Wikileaks
> Unconditional Responsibility meets Total Compassion
> Peaceful Valley Boulevard and Rumblin
> Order is an addictive illusion
> Ringo Release 0.6
> Predictions of an ugly IPv4-to-IPv6 transition
> Bungee jumps for all congressman, free!, no strings attached
> Open source Facebook replacement Diaspora drops first alpha
> Angry World by Neil Young
> Faked web browsing
> Nice comparison of Ringo and Node
> Erbix CommonJS soft-coding engine
> The Paul Allen Suit
> Web services should be both federated and extensible
> Reality is an onion, and depending on how deep you think, it may seem to contradict itself
> Oh No! by Marina And The Diamonds
> If there is anything supernatural, it is humanity itself
> Lila Luftschloss
> We have the world we want
> CoffeeScript, underscore.coffee and underscore.js
> Brendan Eich on Proxies, Modules and other Proposals and Strawman
> Good for Adobe, Good for Day, Good for the Ecosystem
> Will Adobe see the light (of Day)?
> What's Up Doc? by Carbon/Silicon
> How creativity occurs
> RingoJS vs NodeJS
> Sweet People by Alyosha
> RingoJS 0.5 released
> Your Personal Religion by Sophie Hunger
> Lost and Found by Steve Mason
> Modules, Proxies, and Ephemeron Tables
> Helma 1.7.0 has escaped its stealth existence
> The Moon And The Sky by Sade
> Written In Reverse by Spoon
> Keep Cool My Babies!
> Module system strawpersons
> You find what you google for.
> Move your money - It's a Wonderful Life
> ServerJS - Brewing The Perfect Storm
> While society must do things the right way, its people must find ways to do the right thing
> Eating healthier would safe the planet
> JVM Web Framework Smackdown
> Before implementing a solution to a problem, always search for a workaround, because the workaround is often better than the original solution
> If they are not ready for what they need, give them the backbone for their future baby steps
> Been there, but haven't done that
> Unus Pro Omnibus - Omnes Pro Uno
> Hang You From the Heavens by The Dead Weather
> PubSubHub against spam and walled gardens
> CometD at a glance
> Be part of the solution, not part of the problem
> Get Around by Neil Young
> Surrender by Cheap Trick
> A car has nothing to do with a carpet
> ES5 Candidate Specification
> ReverseHttp and RelayHttp
> The best solution is that one isn't needed
> New Eclipse Helma plugin project
> Is the Bespin web-based code editor the ideal future ServerJS IDE?
> First Soleil on Mont-Soleil
> Rhinola 0.8 - Server JS reduced to the minimum
> Helma turns 1.6.3
> Helma 1.6.3-rc3 ready for testing
> Helma 1.6.3 Release Candidate 2
> Release Candidate 1 of Helma 1.6.3
> Helma at the 2008 OpenExpo in Zurich
> Large Hadron Collider
> Ecmascript Harmony
> Helma at the Linuxwochen in Linz
> Stuff by George Carlin
> Is AppleScript done?
> ES4 Draft 1 and ES3.1 Draft 1
> Want ES4 in Helma today?
> Permaculture 101
> ES4 comes to IE via Screaming Monkey
> Apple's position on ECMAScript 4 proposals
> Helma Meeting Spring 2008
> Helma 1.6.2 ready to download
> Larry Lessig's case for creative freedom
> Earthlings - Can you face the truth?
> The Story of Stuff
> A Quick Start to Hello World
> Adobe's position on ES4 features, plus the Flex 3 SDK source code is now available under the MPL
> Solar cell directly splits water for hydrogen
> Openmocha and Jhino updated to 0.8
> Additional Filename Conventions
> Update to Helma 1.6.1
> Netscape, the browser, to live one more month
> Heavyweight Champion of the World by Reverend and the Makers
> SimpleDB vs CouchDB
> Nuclear plants in Switzerland are modern Orgetorixism
> Helma powered AppJet - Takeoff!
> CouchDB for Helma
> Bubble bursting friendship bracelets
> Evolving ES4 as the universal scripting language
> Helmablog and an article in Linux Pro Magazine
> More praise for Helma
> So, what's up with World Radio Switzerland?
> Helma Conspiracy Theory
> JSONPath and CouchDB
> Hold the whole program in your head, and you can manipulate it at will
> Keeping track of localhost:8080
> Rhino 1.6R6 with E4X fix and patches for Helma
> Helma 1.6 is ready!
> Junction brings Rhino on Rails to Helma
> The server-side advantage
> Rhino on Rails
> Release Candidate 3 of Helma 1.6.0
> ECMAScript 4 Reference Implementation
> Antville Summer Of Code 2007
> Helma 1.6.0-rc2
> Using H2 with Helma
> Helma warped around existing db schemas
> Rocket the Super Rabbit
> Bootstrap is out of the bag
> The last mention of Microsoft
> Helma 1.6.0-rc1
> Introducing Planet Helma
> Helma ante portas
> Shutdown-Day the Helma way
> Upcoming Helma 1.6, new reference docs and IRC channel
> Making Higgs where the Web was born
> Jala for Helma
> See you at Lift'07
> Mocha Inheritance
> Helma 1.5.3
> Fresh Rhino on Safari
> Truly Hooverphonic!
> Helma 1.5.2
> RFC 4329 application-ecmascript
> Helma 1.5.1 ready to download
> Building the Conversational Web
> Drosera steps in to debug Safari
> Helma 1.5.0 has been released!
> Helma 1.5 RC2 is ready
> Helma 1.5.0 Release Candidate 1 available for download
> FreeBSD Jails the brand new easy way
> Frodo takes on chapter 3
> No Rough Cut :-(
> Welcome to Helma!
> 40th Montreux Jazz Festival
> Rails' greatest contribution
> Consensus vs Direct Democracy
> A candidate for CSCSJS or a Mocha Fetchlet
> coComment Roundup
> Track your comments
> Sketching image queries and reinventing email
> ECMAScript - The Switzerland of development environments
> I love E4X
> Tutorial D, Industrial D and the relational model
> Stop bashing Java
> E4X Mocha Objects
> Logging and other antimatters
> Homo Oxymora
> Moving beyond Java
> Helma Trivia
> Finding Java Packages
> Catching up to Continuations
> Mighty and Beastie Licenses
> Tasting the OpenMocha Console
> "Who am I?", asks Helma
> Savety vs Freedom and other recent ramblings
> Mont-Soleil Open Air Lineup
> Rhinola - Mocha reduced to the minimum
> OpenMocha 0.6 available for download
> E4X presentation by Brendan Eich
> What is Mocha?
> Do you remember Gopher?
> The current.tv disappointment
> OpenMocha Project Roadmap
> Getting your feet wet with OpenMocha
> People flocking to see global warming
> Rails vs Struts vs Mocha
> OpenMocha is ready for a spin
> The limits of harmonization
> Le Conseil fédéral au Mont-Soleil
> Amiga History Guide
> The people must lead the executive, control the legislature and be the military
> Copyback License
> Looking at FreeBSD 6 and Beyond
> Qualified Minority Veto
> The Doom of Representative Democracy
> Violence in a real democracy
> Concordance and Subsidiarity
> Wrapping Aspects around Mocha Objects?
> Mac OS X spreading like wildfire
> Trois petits filous à Faoug
> Jackrabbit JSR 170
> Rich components for HTML 5
> More Java Harmony
> Mac goes Intel
> Google goes Rumantsch
> Oxymoronic Swiss-EU relations
> Paul Klee - An intangible man and artist
> Incrementalism in the Mozilla roadmap
> Mocha multi-threading
> Moving towards OpenMocha
> Google goes Portal
> What Bush doesn't get
> Unique and limited window of opportunity
> Persisting Client-side Errors to your Server
> Dive Into Greasemonkey
> Brown bears knock on Switzerland's door
> The experience to make what people want
> "Just" use HTTP
> Yes, what is gather?
> A Free Song for Every Swiss Citizen
> Java in Harmony
> Jan getting carried away
> Evil Google Web Accelerator?
> JSON.stringify and JSON.parse
> Ajax for Java
> The launching of launchd
> Timeless RSS
> SNIFE goes Victorinox
> AJAX is everywhere
> Papa Ratzi
> How Software Patents Work
> Free-trade accord with japan edges closer
> Mocha at a glance
> Adobe acquires Macromedia
> Safari 1.3
> View complexity is usually higher than model complexity
> Free Trade Neutrality
> SQL for Java Objects
> Security Bypass
> Exactly 1111111111 seconds
> Kurt goes Chopper
> Choosing a Java scripting language
> Spamalot's will get spammed a lot
> The visual Rhino debugger
> The Unix wars
> EU-Council adopts software patent directive
> FreeBSD baby step "1j"
> Never trust a man who can count to 1024 on his fingers
> Visiting the world's smallest city
> Finally some non-MS, non-nonsense SPF news
> Swiss cows banned from eating grass
> Ludivines, the "Green Fairy" of absinthe
> First Look At Solaris 10
> EU Commission Declines Patent Debate Restart
> Alan Kay's wisdom guiding the OpenLaszlo roadmap towards Mocha?
> 1 Kilo
> Re: FreeBSD logo design competition
> Schweizer Sagen
> Europas Eidgenossen
> Art Nouveau La Chaux-de-Fonds 2005-2006
> XMLHttpRequest glory
> The Beastie Silhouette
> The Number One Nightmare
> Safe and Idempotent Methods such as HEAD and TRACE
> Sorry, you have been verizoned.
> Daemons and Pixies and Fairies, Oh My!
> Sentient life forms as MIME-attachments: RFC 1437
> Anno 2004: CZV
> Web Developer Extension for Firefox
> Refactoring until nothing is left
> Catching XP in just 20 Minutes
> Designing the Star User Interface
> Re: SCO
> Convergence on abstraction and on browser-based Console evaluation
> Today found out that inifinite uptimes are still an oxymoron
> New aspects of woven apps
> Original Contribution License (OCL) 1.0
> Unified SPF: a grand unified theory of MARID
> BSD is designed. Linux is grown.
> 5 vor 12 bei 10 vor 10
> Mocha vs Helma?
> Schattenwahrheit: Coup d'etat underway against the Cheney Circle?
> Abschluss Bilaterale II Schweiz-EU
> From Adam Smith to Open Source
> Linux - the desktop for the rest of them
> Big Bang
> Leaky Hop Objects
> Return Path Rewriting (RPR) - Mail Forwarding in the Spam Age
> Microsoft Discloses Huge Number Of Windows Vulnerabilties
> Steuerungsabgabe statt Steuern
> Anno 2003: deployZone
> The war against terror
> The war against terror (continued)
> The relativity of Apple's market share
> Are humans animals?
> Democracy Now!
> The Cluetrain Manifesto
> Anno 1999: Der Oberhasler
> Anno 1998: volksrat.ch
> Fan traces "lost" singer Rodriguez
> Anno 1998: crossnet
> Think different
> The right time to buy Apple stock
> Geschwindigkeit vs Umdrehungszahl
> Anno 1997: Xmedia
> "The meaning of life is to improve the quality of all life"
> Cute Barristas at Peet's Coffee
> Anno 1996: CZV
> Alternative 1995
> BZ Internet Cafe
> How do I set a DEFAULT HTML-DOCUMENT?
> Searching Gopherspace
> Crossnet - der kollektive Intellekt der Schweiz
> Global Screen Design Services
> NEW-LIST digests
> ACTIV-L Digest
> Eternal September
> AOL expanding Internet services
> Anno 1993: Macro-micro navigator
> Freude herrscht!
> Anno 1992: Intouch i-station
> You register me in 50 states
> Anno 1991: mediacube
> Friedrich Dürrenmatt - Die Schweiz als Gefängnis
> Anno 1990: RasterOps
> Enable the Creative
> Photoshop Startup Memories and First Demo
> Anno 1989: Lambada by Kaoma
> Anno 1988: Perfect by Fairground Attraction
> Morgana - Selling Digital-Font based Sign-writing
> Macworld Expo 1988 Amsterdam
> Acorn Archimedes RISC Technology
> Anno 1987: Knowledge Navigator
> Anno 1986: Max Headroom in the News
> Anno 1985: Amiga 1000
> Hello World on C128 in CP/M Mode
> Analog Desktop Publishing in 1984
> Anno 1982: Vic-20
> Postel's Law
> The Future Is Unwritten
> Earth Mother and Fortieth Floor by Lesley Duncan
> La Linea by Osvaldo Cavandoli
> California by Joni Mitchell
> Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog
> Neil Young
> Whole Earth Catalog
> Anno 1968: Mony Mony and People Got to Be Free
> August 28th 1968: William Buckley Vs Gore Vidal