Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“What’s the point of innovation if you’re not building a better society?” – Nils Pihl
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” – Sam Adams, via @JimHays
“Democracy is a market based decision making system. We need a network based decision making system now.” – @JohnRobb
Note: Perhaps it’s ‘monitory democracy’:
[T]he years since 1945 have seen the invention of about a hundred different types of power-monitoring devices that never before existed within the world of democracy. These watchdog and guide-dog and barking-dog inventions are changing both the political geography and the political dynamics of many democracies, which no longer bear much resemblance to textbook models of representative democracy, which supposed that citizens’ needs are best championed through elected parliamentary representatives chosen by political parties. From the perspective of this book, the emerging historical form of ‘monitory’ democracy is a ‘post-Westminster’ form of democracy in which power-monitoring and power-controlling devices have begun to extend sideways and downwards through the whole political order. They penetrate the corridors of government and occupy the nooks and crannies of civil society, and in so doing they greatly complicate, and sometimes wrong-foot, the lives of politicians, parties, legislatures and governments. These extra-parliamentary power-monitoring institutions include — to mention at random just a few — public integrity commissions, judicial activism, local courts, workplace tribunals, consensus conferences, parliaments for minorities, public interest litigation, citizens’ juries, citizens’ assemblies, independent public inquiries, think-tanks, experts’ reports, participatory budgeting, vigils, ‘blogging’ and other novel forms of media scrutiny.” – John Keane via David Ronfeldt
“This is an approach to project design and development that our team has built collectively over the past two years. It draws inspiration from many existing models and tools, with our own innovations added as necessary. It’s not perfect, but it works pretty great for us and it’s a living process that we continue to improve based on emerging knowledge and experience.”