Scalable Democracy Liquid Feedback creates a fully functional hybrid between direct and representational democracy.
Flexible Users can take full control of decision making processes, or delegate all or some decisions to a representative
Trust Based Governance Individuals decide who is best able to represent them based on a trust based system of previous participation
The Future of E-Government Liquid Democracy is a 21st century approach to government that break down barriers to access and civil participation.
Liquid Democracy is an open source political voting platform created by the German Pirate Party as a way to create a scalable and delegative democratic political party. We have the 2nd live instance in North America but a lot of work is still needed to create an attractive and easy user interface. It is our goal to create an open source and free platform for community groups and non-profit organizations and is also effective for internal group structures.
LiquidFeedback is an online system for discussing and voting on proposals in an inner party (or inner organizational) context and covers the process from the introduction of the first draft of a proposal to the final decision. Discussing an issue before voting increases the awareness of pros and cons, chances and risks, and allows people to consider and suggest alternatives.
How it Works:
It combines concepts of a non-moderated, self-organized discussion process (quantified, constructive feedback) and liquid democracy (delegated or proxy voting). Following the idea of interactive democracy LiquidFeedback. This system allows all members to participate not only in voting but also in developing ideas and at the same time it is helping board members to understand what the majority really want, to make right and responsible decisions based on the “popular vote“.
LiquidFeedback has been developed by the Public Software Group in Berlin, Germany. It is available under a license of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), similar to the BSD 3-clause license of the University of California in Berkeley. Advantages include:
everybody can find out about an initiative
everybody can contribute by making suggestions
everybody can create an alternative initiative
everybody can vote in the end or delegate the vote to someone they trust.