How It Works
2. It must fit a wide range of human capabilities.
3. It must accommodate and fairly account for diversity.
4. It must be nonpartisan.
5. It must be self-teaching and self-policing.
6. It must focus locally as that is the only place citizens can be influential in the ongoing community/governmental activities.
This process overcomes the two main objections people have to citizen participation: “We can’t do anything. It’s too much for one person to do.” “We don’t have the time.”
2. They learn the skills of conflict prevention and team building which makes a safer saner community.
3. They bring problems to the surface while they are still easily and cheaply solved.
4. They recommend solutions to these problems making them part of the solution.
5. They can receive helpful information from their government and act on it quickly and widely.
6. It unifies the community by recommending widely explained coordinated common sense solutions - breaking gridlock.
7. Later they can link to each other and start to share information and workable solutions to ordinary problems and address issues of the larger community or region.
8. Gives people first-hand practice in how the representative process works, how to pick a good rep, and how they can best help it work effectively and economically.
The whole process mirrors and illustrates our Constitution so that people can start to really understand it. This is a republic, not a democracy. Power is shared.
No one gets to be the “group guru” because the leadership rotates.
There is an amendment process and a veto process.
The average age of the world's greatest democratic nations has been 200 years.
- From Bondage to Spiritual Faith
- From Faith to Great Courage
- From Courage to Liberty
- From Liberty to Abundance
- From Abundance to Complacency
- From Complacency to Selfishness
- From Selfishness to Apathy
- From Apathy to Dependency
- From Dependency Back Again Into Bondage