The audience got a tiny shot at experiencing the mechanism of the app by looking at an issue already done and dusted by Parliament, the Second Forth Road Bridge, which has already been given the go ahead of £1.4 billion to be spent on a second road bridge across the Forth. As the voting procedures on the night had to be kept to the minimum of engagement, that is especially excluding the building of insights and fully weighing up of the long term sustainability implications of the development, we were able to see quickly not just the strength but also the weaknesses of the tool. Whilst whole picture seeing had been included in an unprecedented way for an online wellbeing measurement tool in Scotland, the old and ah so familiar gaps of investing in long term local community capital and cohesion, investing courageously and sustainably, there is still a long way to go, esp if this tool is to have a real impact on the decision making of our elected government, which is under hard corporate pressure to - for instance - allow shale gas extraction by changing the law of local consultation, making it obsolete for the local communities to have their say over what happens under their houses !
There has never been a more important time like ours to radically and courageously re-fashion policy decision making, testing and using system thinking tools like Sociocracy, which imply commitment to a shared goal.
Will Oxfam's Humankind index processes have an impact on the follow up of the Falkirk against unconventional gas (FAUG) community charter, that brilliant piece of collective intelligence?
Now there is a question!
Back to Oxfam's big day for now:
Oxfam Scotland Working to improve the lives of the world's poorest people, at home and abroad.
A better Scotland? There's an app for that. Posted by David Eyre UK Poverty Press Officer
8th Oct 2013
A brand new web application is being launched today to help people decide whether new policy ideas actually make for a better Scotland.
The app is based on Oxfam Scotland's Humankind Index for Scotland - an alternative measure of the country's wellbeing, based on people's real priorities.
It takes people through a step-by-step process designed to test whether new policies actually meet people's needs.
Oxfam hopes it will be used by people who come up with policy ideas, like voluntary organisations, civil servants and politicians.
But the charity also hopes it will be used by members of the public, so that people can make their own judgments about the ideas that policymakers present to them.
Try the Humankind Index Policy Assesment tool at http://policytool.humankindindex.org.
Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland, said: "The Oxfam Humankind Index for Scotland goes beyond simplistic economic measures like GDP.
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the word 'money' is being used with implied acceptance of its unchallenged nature of being debt based.
Is it referred to here as the unshakable given? Isn't measuring well being pointless if 'having money' (the value of which is arrived at by collective consenting to its inherently inequality creating nature) is the door and page opener?
After all the work Oxfam did with Friends of the Earth and others in the Just Banking Conference 2012 - hm, what is going on?