an article by François Knuchel
Leadership Facilitator at OPEN 2 FLOW, London UK; Managing Director (CEO) at TRANSCULTURAL SYNERGY Ltd
At the end of this highly informative must read article, leading us round the world from Switzerland to Japan and back to the UK, comparing plusses and minusses of 'direct' and 'representative' democracies, Open Source Technologies and other system thinking based business and community models of governance, François asks the pertinent questions:
- "So when Scotland talks of real participatory democracy, what exactly does it mean?
- Does it mean its own variation of representative democracy with people voting for their own parliamentarians every few years?
- Or will it strive for something more evolved, like direct democracy, or even better, Sociocracy?
- Will Scotland be the first country to try out a truly deeper democracy on a larger scale? And potentially lead the way forward into the future?"
You might see the flaws of all democracies around in this world, but I am afraid you will not see the potential or real flaws of Dynamic Self Governance or Deep Democracy (aka " Sociocracy") unless you can take the opportunity to engage with the tool boxes it gives, challenging us going beyond a dualistic version of policy making to a pluralistic version, which is ultimately what Robin keeps robining on about with the other beautiful challenge we have here in our hands:
the Scottish Common Weal: http://scottishcommonweal.org/what-is-the-common-weal-project/
There are only 10 more days to go for you to make up your mindto come and meet John Buck to quizz him and to engage in some interactive learning on Deep Democracy. It will be time well spent, folks, amongst you busy lives. You might find what you already knew: a few but key essential corner stone tools for the urgent paradigm shift we are shaping here in Scotland right now.