The mission of Re-Invent Democracy International, a Swiss based company, is to enable electorates around the world to surmount the global governance crisis. This crisis stems from the inability of the large majority of contemporary governments and international organizations to enact legislation and policies that effectively address life-threatening problems, crises and conflicts -- such as those affecting sustainability of life on the planet, as well as proliferating armed conflicts.
Inspired by the example of neutral Switzerland's successful direct democracy, the objective of the Company's international team of developers is to provide voters unique 21st century web tools for increasing direct democracy in their countries and blending it more judiciously with representative democracy.
These web tools derive from the Company's patented web technology, the Interactive Voter Choice System (IVCS)
. The team plans to build a unique global social network for voters
using these tools in combination with emerging semantic web, artificial intelligence (AI) and social computing technologies.
The network will provide voters unprecedented online agenda setting, political organizing and consensus building tools tools for creating and managing a new genre of political organization: online domestic and transnational voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions (BPCs).
These voter-controlled organizations will blend direct democracy with representative democracy by enabling their members to build consensus among voters across the spectrum, set common agendas and elect common slates of candidates to enact their agendas.
The organizations will increase citizen participation in electoral and legislative processes by enabling them to:
- Autonomously self-organize at the grassroots.
- Build consensus among broad cross sections of the electorate.
- Collectively decide who runs for office, who gets elected and what laws are passed.
Increases in voters' ability to replace ineffectual and unresponsive elected officials with representatives of their choice to enact consensus based, collectively determined agendas will provide critical stepping stones to more effective governance.
The benefits of the Company's global social network for voters
and its democracy-building tools include the following:
- Increased participation of large numbers of well informed citizens in devising effective solutions to complex societal problems, crises and conflicts that comparatively small numbers of elected representatives often lack the collective intelligence to solve.
- Increased capacity of electorates to collaborate with elected representatives, electoral candidates and political parties to find common ground, build consensus across partisan lines and resolve ideological conflicts regarding legislative priorities.
- Reduction of impediments obstructing the exercise of voter sovereignty -- especially those that enable special interests to play a more decisive role than voters in determining the outcomes of electoral and legislative processes.
- Increased likelihood that democratically elected governments blending direct democracy and representative democracy will be able to solve life threatening problems, crises and conflicts, especially those affecting sustainability of life on the planet, as well as proliferating armed conflicts.
The Company's global social network for voters
will enable democracy stakeholders across the spectrum to find common ground. These stakeholders include not only voters but also lawmakers, electoral candidates, political parties, unions, voter mobilization groups and civil society organizations. They can use the web tools provided on the network to connect to each other to build consensus across partisan lines and set, enact and implement transpartisan legislative agendas.
As described below, the network and IVCS tools also enable voters to create transnational BPCs that can act transnationally and domestically within BPC members' home countries to solve problems, crises and conflicts that cross nation-state borders.
A Step by Step View
- Voters create personal accounts and profiles on reinventdemocracy.net, set individual legislative agendas and periodically update them.
- Voters connect online with voters with similar agendas.
- Like-minded voters use IVCS agenda setting, political organizing and consensus building tools tools to create and manage online voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions (BPCs).
- BPC members surmount partisan differences by discussing, debating and voting on common transpartisan agendas, and periodically updating them.
- BPCs nominate winning transpartisan slates of candidates and elect them to office by reaching out to recruit new member-voters across the spectrum to create larger electoral bases than the electoral base of any single political party.
- BPC members plan and implement get-out-the-vote campaigns to encourage their members to turn out to cast their votes for BPC candidates.
- BPCs use their legislative agendas to provide written legislative mandates to their elected representatives.
- BPCs pressure their elected representatives to enact their agendas and mandates by signing, transmitting and publishing online petitions; holding online referendums; and conducting online straw recall votes to show unresponsive representatives how many of their constituents are likely to vote against them in the next election.
- BPCs compare their representatives' legislative actions with the written BPC agendas and legislative mandates they provided them when deciding whether to support incumbent representatives for re-election or run candidates to defeat them in the next election.
Transnational Voting Blocs, Political Parties and Coalitions
In addition to building BPCs within a country, voters can use IVCS tools to create transnational BPCs that work across national boundaries to solve transnational problems, crises and conflicts.
- Transnational BPC members can discuss, debate and vote on common solutions, peace plans and legislative agendas (SPAs), and periodically update them
- Voter-controlled transnational BPCs can evaluate the costs and benefits of non-violent solutions to transnational challenges and compare them to solutions that involve the use of force.
- After transnational BPCs adopt common SPAs, their members can form domestic BPCs in their home countries dedicated to getting the same SPAs enacted.
- The ability of BPCs to act transnationally and nationally simultaneously will counteract the reluctance of lawmakers and heads of state to seek the support of their citizens for transnational policies, especially those involving the use of force.
- Transnational BPCs whose members create domestic BPCs can end transnational conflicts that popularly unresponsive lawmakers and heads of state may be unwilling or incapable of resolving by running their own candidates and electing new lawmakers and heads of state to enact their SPAs.
- Members of transnational BPCs can also overcome the paralysis of international agencies whose nation-state members cannot agree on policies for ending transnational crises and conflicts by electing new lawmakers and heads of state.
- BPCs that use IVCS technology to effectively act transnationally and nationally simultaneously can motivate economically marginalized, socially excluded and politically disenfranchised groups to participate in electoral and legislative processes rather than participate in extra-legal activities.