My reflections rather than a book review.
Jess Scully discusses the hope-giving developments she has found around the world that suggest we can build a well society on a well planet if we apply what we know.
Just been reading Jess Scully, Glimpses of Utopia #GlimpsesOfUtopia.
There is a lot in there. Most is not new but she has brought it together powerfully.
Some key messages:
- Progress happens by talking about what we would like the world to be and how we are going to get that change.
- It happens through conversation between ordinary people living near each other.
- Then those people do/build/make happen, on a small scale, what it is they want. Local, with each other.
- And they show it off.
- Finally, she discloses this wonderful idea: build a community of belief as well as practice.
So CAPaD wants to build a community of belief in democracy. Real people participatory democracy.
Some more specifics about participatory politics:
- Participation has to be easy and fun
- People have to feel they are being listened to seriously
- Particularly how to listen to the (usually) unheard is important
- If the government won’t do it, harness the power of IT and do it yourself
- It is not about elections; although they have their role
- The democratic confederal idea of community leading itself
- Get your fingers on (some of) the money
Of course, there is a website and even better read her book.