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Published: 2008-11-03T15:39:12-08:00

 



Building a Bridge to 18th Century Democracy

2008-11-03T15:39:12-08:00

Four years ago, we gathered to share thoughts about the role technology could take in reshaping democracy. After creating open source social software to help the Dean campaign. After Gov. Dean lost the primary, we shared thoughts on what worked...



Join extdemo discussion group

2007-09-21T08:27:18-08:00

extdemo is a discussion group of the Central Texas Chapter of the World Future Society, Texas Forums and Extreme Democracy focused on the book "Extreme Democracy" and its further development. Click here to join....



What's Next?

2007-09-20T07:16:14-08:00

What's next for the extreme democracy discussion group? go to Texas Forums' Wiki and enter your ideas. Then join in the discussion on Monday, October 1, 2007 in the Texas Forums OPAL room at 7 pm CDT to discuss....



Extreme Democracy Discussion Series

2007-09-19T15:34:01-08:00

The Extreme Democracy Discussion Series was conducted almost every Monday evening from June 18, 2007 to September 17, 2007. The following are the set of discussion guides used in the discusion (when one existed). Recordings will be available in the...



Information, Values & Democratic Tools and Processes

2007-07-24T11:17:06-08:00

In the discussion last night on Networks, I introduced the concept of a matrix of information and values. You can see this matrix by clicking on the link below: Download file The question I raised during the discussion was how...



Networks

2007-07-24T09:56:23-08:00

“Diversity plus freedom creates inequality, and the greater the diversity, the more extreme the inequality.” Clay Shirky Power law N = c/n What factors control the rank? When is the power law important? When is the power law not important?...



Deep Confidence in the People

2007-07-24T09:53:41-08:00

What’s your definition of extreme democracy? Our republic and the founder’s distrust of the people has been documented. What do you mean by deep trust in the people? It’s been my observation that it takes at least two of the...



Setting Happiness as a National Goal by Richard Layard

2007-07-02T14:22:54-08:00

The best society is the one where the people are happiest, and the best policy is the one that produces the greatest happiness. So argued great eighteenth century thinkers like Jeremy Bentham, and their admirable views did much to inspire...



Structure for Extreme Democracy?

2007-07-02T12:14:07-08:00

It seems to be that the structure for extreme democracy is composed of principles, goals, systems & tools, and applications. We have in our definition of our American democracy – of, by and for the people. While I’ve said this...



One World, Indivisible by John Renesch

2007-07-02T11:44:39-08:00

Abraham Lincoln’s famous 1858 speech emphasized "a house divided against itself cannot stand” – words that also come to mind as I was pondering the excess divisiveness so prevalent in my country today. We are presently building silos of ideologies,...



"Politics 2.0"

2007-06-30T06:11:28-08:00

Mother Jones' latest issue is on "Politics 2.0"....



The Problem is Ours

2007-06-29T09:46:54-08:00

People applauded the concept that the problem of poverty among the black is not the leader’s problem. It’s our problem. This is a call to more involvement in the democratic process. It’s a vindication to deliberative approaches to democracy. The...



Genetic lottery in this country?

2007-06-29T09:45:13-08:00

In short, people who start with money have a better chance of being even wealthier. Whether this is true or not, it reminded of a game I played as a manager in IBM many years ago. A group of managers...



New Orleans

2007-06-29T09:42:52-08:00

The money for the rebuilding of New Orleans should go to the people of New Orleans. What a novel idea. Teach them the skills to rebuild their own city and then give them to money to do it. Keep the...



Small Group Discussion at LBJ Library

2007-06-29T09:40:23-08:00

What strategies would you support to aid low-income families in improving themselves financially? What factors are important to you in supporting a strategy?...