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July 5, 2006

Campaigns Wikia

(Crossposted from Weblogsky)

Jimbo Wales created a workspace with "the goal of bringing together people from diverse political perspectives who may not share much else, but who share the idea that they would rather see democratic politics be about engaging with the serious ideas of intelligent opponents, about activating and motivating ordinary people to get involved and really care about politics beyond the television soundbites." [Link]

One hallmark of the blog and wiki world is that we do not wait for permission before making things happen. If something needs to be done, we do it. Well, campaigns need to sit up and take notice of the Internet, take notice of bloggers, take notice of wikis, and engage with us in a constructive way.

The candidates who will win elections in the future will be the candidates who build genuinely participative campaigns by generating and expanding genuine communities of engaged citizens.

I am launching today a new Wikia website aimed at being a central meeting ground for people on all sides of the political spectrum who think that it is time for politics to become more participatory, and more intelligent.
This is resonant with a couple other projects launched recently, Silona Bonewald's League of Technical Voters and Robert Steele's Citizens' Party.

Posted by Jon Lebkowsky at July 5, 2006 11:32 AM


OK, I admit right off the bat that I have not read anything more than the most current entry on your blog. That said, as someone who is about to begin thesis on "Collaboration as Democracy," I'd like to learn more about what you believe the PURPOSE of democracy is.

Posted by: Judy Feldman [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2006 8:24 PM

Big question, deserves a big answer. However my briefest response would be that the goal of Democracy is civic engagement and citizens' broad, informed participation in governance.

Posted by: Jon Lebkowsky [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 28, 2006 8:08 PM

I run a campaign similar to what has been mentioned. It's great to find others who believe in the same things. My idea is that democracy works like distributed computing. But what is needed in democracy is to have an online discussion forum (you can see the full details on my website www.boutiquebrighton.info under "a new vision for democracy") where everyone including politicians and civil servants present problems and work together with the whole of society to form solutions. This would be legitimate, democratic and give a better idea to politicians of what is wanted by society.

Posted by: endpovertynow [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2006 3:39 AM

How do I join the forum tonight. It wants an id and password.

Posted by: bILL at July 9, 2007 4:56 PM

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