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Forum Post: Constitutional Crowdsourcing

Posted 7 years ago on Jan. 12, 2013, 5:09 p.m. EST by Builder (4202)
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Iceland once more shows how democracy can work in the age of the internet and free speech.

(quote/) Voters in Iceland have responded favorably to the government's offer to let them participate in drafting the nation's new constitution.

According to GigaOm, the idea to let citizens chime in online, namely via Facebook and Twitter, was hatched by 25 people on the Constitutional Council, which was tasked with devising a new constitution. The council utilized ideas it found online and wove them into a draft constitution that was delivered in July.

The next step toward implementing these Web-based suggestions was a national referendum. Indeed, citizens approved, by a two-to-one margin, that the new constitution be based on the crowdsourced draft.

The parliament will now decide if that draft will be officially adopted as the national constitution.

GigaOm attributes this extreme brand of participatory democracy to the lingering effects of the financial crisis, which ravaged Iceland's banks and government. Thus did new lawmakers opt to go the open route -- first with the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, which is fiercely protective of free speech and whistleblowers, and then with constitutional crowdsourcing.(unquote)




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[-] 3 points by FawkesNews (1290) 7 years ago

Thrilling what can be done with educated small populations acting cohesively.


[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Iceland is the example to follow/work-for.

[-] 2 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 7 years ago

Iceland has become a "beacon of freedom".

Time for the U.S. to invade.

[-] 2 points by peacehurricane (293) 7 years ago

Your invasion using We people I do not appreciate. Beacon burn bright We go to the light ALL ONE...

[-] -3 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 7 years ago


[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 7 years ago

How could anything like this be done LEGALLY in America?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Currently (?) only by pressuring those in office to call for it. Or perhaps suing in court for it to be done as outlined by laws already in place that have been broken and not enforced.

[-] -3 points by Builder (4202) 7 years ago

Or voting in your own congress, and marching on the fake one that currently relies on relatives and bribers for its 9% "approval" rating.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Yes - pretty much a necessary offshoot of = pressuring those in office

9% how very popular - and - if one were to consider truth in reported values - perhaps a 0 or possible negative number on most polls - considering only the corpoRATs can be happy at the moment ( and not even them as they do not have a complete control lock down yet ).

[-] -3 points by Builder (4202) 7 years ago

If they represent so few, how can they decide for the many?

Money out and real people in.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Exactly - and move to amend is just that action - end corpoRAT/artificial/dead personhood - a very real step forward in the process.

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5909) 7 years ago

I think what people fail to consider is that the low approval ratings are everyone's rating of congress as a whole, not of the person a voter may have helped elect to office and most likely will again. That results in people having a low rating for everyone except their own elected candidate. If people didn't approve enough of their own corporate selected candidates to keep electing them to office, things would be at least a little different.

[-] -2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 7 years ago

Crowdsourcing is something every local occupy should be taking advantage of with actions.

We will be getting a few set up in the near future, and I will post the methods and results afterwards.

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 7 years ago

haha someone doesnt like actions?

Troll much?