Redesigning Democracy: The MiVote Intervention

Having spent five years redesigning democracy to better cater for the world it now needs to serve, the MiVote Movement has been featured in books, worldwide media and was a finalist at the Singularity University Grand Global Challenge Awards 2016. Widely considered the most robust democracy innovation in the world, hear from the Founder about why democracy is broken and how a growing band of global democracy warriors are taking on governments all over the world with a ten year goal of being the largest single branded political movement on earth, winning seats in 50 global parliaments and emancipating the voice of 3 billion people.

Conversation notes

  • What is democracy today? What’s the difference between democracy and politics?
  • What would democracy look like if it was a product created by an entrepreneur after the Internet era?
  • The problems with our current democratic system and the MiVote interventions to solve them.
  • Other democracy warriors around the world, common goals and differences with MiVote
  • The non-binary conversation MiVote proposes and how they write policy
  • MiVote chapters around the world and who supports it, from Hollywood to Silicon Valley
  • How fake news benefit the Trumps of the world and the importance of transparent elections
  • Why we need to change the model that has been serving for more than 100 years

 

“We’re still governing ourselves under the same model as 100 years ago. So the model in which we decide and make communal decisions was built for a world that doesn’t even exist anymore.”

 

More about Adam

Adam is a serial innovator with a twenty-year global history of starting fast growth businesses. Outspoken and opinionated with a revolutionary bent, Adam has a Masters of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and has studied at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

Adam’s start up footprint includes; IMS Sports, LifeLounge.com, Learning from Legends and the global Mummu group of Companies (Mummu Sport, Cycling & Talent) which were 2013 finalists in the Anthill Cool Company Awards (global category), #40 BRW Fast Starter 2015 and Top 10 in Smart Company’s Smart50 Awards 2015.

With deep expertise in fast growth business development, Adam was the CEO of BRW’s 2010 Fastest Growing Private Company (under $100M), Sportsnet Corporation.

Adam is the Founder & Chief Steward of political movement MiVote which was a finalist in the 2016 Singularity University Grand Global Challenge Awards.

Why has the democratic model not changed in this fast paced changing world?

Think of all the things that have changed over the last 100 years. Transportation, communication, how we work and how we dress, for example. Yet the democratic model remains the same. We still elect people to make decisions on our behalf even though we can now use technology to gather individual opinions on any issue within seconds.

Has true democracy been replaced by political games?

Many people have lost faith in bipartisan systems and it can be hard to distinguish the difference between the parties on the left and right. Corruption, poor accountability, and bickering amongst politicians haven’t helped. True Democracy has been replaced by political games and point-scoring. It is supposed to be a vehicle through which people can have a say in how their society operates.

So, what’s the solution?

A different approach

Adam discussed how we need to look outside traditional disciplines – in this case, democratic disciplines – to find new and better ways to cater for the world we live in now.

According to Adam, it’s time we took a very different approach. MiVote decided to design a new democratic system in the same way that businesses design new products, asking themselves the following questions:

“If you were going to create a democracy as a product after the birth of the internet, what would it look like so that A – people wanted to buy it, B – they wanted to tell their friends about it, and C – they would be loyal to it?”

4 basic principles

MiVote determined that their new democratic model must meet 4 basic principles:

1. It must be free of all ideology. Each decision must be based on the facts pertinent to each issue.
2. Citizens must be fully informed of all available facts, options, and consequences before being asked to cast a vote on specific issues.
3. Political representatives should only develop policies after researching the direction that the majority of people want to take.
4. All representatives must be fully accountable for their performance and free from bias and persuasion. If they don’t do their job well, they can be removed from office quickly.

About MiVote

MiVote is both a new information platform and an international not-for-profit political movement that provides everyone with the opportunity to vote on issues currently up for debate in their country’s Parliament. Users vote on specific issues via an app and every vote is counted. Once a 60% majority is reached, that verdict becomes party policy and any MiVote representatives in Parliament will vote accordingly.

Does that sound like a democratic system that works for you?

Connect

Adam’s LinkedIn: Adam A Jacoby

Adam’s Twitter: @adamajacoby

MiVote’s website: mivote.org.au

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