Stopping climate change needs a united voice of civil society

Stopping climate change demands a bundled voice of global civil society - and that means it needs Civil democracy. Read here the five steps why this is necessary - and if you want to support to stop climate change, continue with links below. Stopping climate change demands a change in life styles around the world. It is not something that can be done by isolated elite action, it...

Five things everyone needs to know about Civil democracy

1.            Civil democracy works like a very special bank account Civil democracy is like a bank account on which you and everyone else receive the same “income” of one vote for every decision to be made in your name. Any upcoming decision is always a decision between several options, and you can “sponsor” several options in order to increase their winning probability. Better do not only support your...

Civil democracy starts with you

Implementing Civil democracy begins with local sub-groups of civil society organisations (CSOs) and their supporters helping in the search for candidates for a Global Sustainabilty Council (GSC). (See here why.) These local CSO sub-groups will start to convince their organisations to serve as open actors.They will start doing the work of preparing a position of their organisation as a whole in the Civil democratic process. Ranking options for...

What is Civil democracy?

Civil democracy brings the ballot to the 21st century. The ballot was ingenious in overcoming the grassroots-overstretch problem and enabling large-scale democracy through storing trust. But digital technologies allow, and are necessary, to overcome the ballot’s two rigid boundaries, between politicians and voters, and between voters of different parties. Digitally, trust can be stored so that all political actors can contribute, including specialized civil society organisations, and voters...

The power of Civil democracy

Civil democracy is a very powerful concept. It will change every individual, many organisations, and the culture of every society in the world. Of course, not Civil democracy alone – it has to go along with a cultural change that is already on its way and will need to proceed. But it is a necessary means to bring the powerful dynamics of our human mastering of our own...

Civil society Q&A

In discussing the concept of Civil democracywith civil society organisations,  number of frequently asked questions have come up. 1.            Question: Isn’t the dissatisfaction with politics an argument against Civil democracy? Answer: The widespread dissatisfaction comes from the feeling of powerlessness, and this feeling not being able to change anything will change with Civil democracy. 2.            Question: Democracy even in it current form is much more than elections. Answer:...

Where Civil democracy starts

Civil democracy is powerful, it is a solution which brings problems into a solution-oriented setting involving as many individuals as possible, and its complexities can be handled. Civil democracy is however a systemic solution that demands a large number of different actors to align to a new concept of interaction. No actor alone can start it. With this feature, Civil democracy shares the challenge of every social change,...

The Civil democracy book in overview (pt. 1)

The book starts with an understanding of the way in which we got into the current problems. Having a problem is having something to do: so it is about the possibilities to shape the world and the decisions that are necessary for doing so. And it is about the „we“, hence the structure of human societies in relation to such decisions. Such decisions are never simply private, but...

Saving the world

Just shortly need to save the world / before I take the flight to you / have to check 148 mails / who knows what happens next / because it happens so much / Just shortly have to save the world / right afterwards I’m back with you... These song lines by Tim Bendzko (2011, originally in German) ironically take up the idea of “saving the world” at...

Interested in reading more about Civil democracy?

The brochure The easiest entry is the 20-page brochure that is available here on the website. The book A more complete introduction is given in the Civil democracy book (paperback, 136 pages). It is available as paperback, 6x9" hardcover, and ebook. The reader A edited volume of texts written on Civil democracy up to summer 2019, available as paperback and as ebook. The history book Two Steps to...

Civil democracy: A brochure

Civil democracy brochure How climate change, migration and populism relate to Christianity — and what we can do. It seems that we are currently in a vicious circle: migration is driven by climate change, among other things, but it also feeds populism. This in turn makes it even more difficult to take action against climate change. Climate change, migration, and populism as linked problems How do we get...

Can the Internet Improve Politics?

Can the internet improve politics? As the question scarcely been discussed by the “classic” texts on internet and politics of the 1990s, it is asked now in light of the experiences since. Question and answer are structured in five steps: (1) Politics is about counting, ever more, and the web is good in counting. (2) Politics counts evaluations, and the web is good in evaluations. (3) Political evaluations...

Idea, background, and conditions for the implementation of network-based collective decision-making

Making collective decisions is not easy, and the larger the collective the more difficult. But efficient collective decision-making processes are a huge public good. In the long run, everyone benefits. They are, however, not a matter of course. They do not emerge automatically. Although some rather efficient procedures have such a long history that they are sometimes seen as being "naturally" given, all collective decision-making processes have to...

Wedecide! Network-based collective decisions

Can the Internet contribute to improving political processes?   This question initially sounds "so 1990s" - perhaps one would have liked to ask it in the 1990s, when the Internet was still new. But that was the time when people tinkered in garages to become billionaires, and we didn't have a lot of the experience we have now - including the experience that in real politics, quite independently...

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