Webocracy (The Path to Fixing Our Government)

We can no longer blame it on Gen-Y pessimism alone: the American public has fallen out of favor with the United States Government. With the public approval rating of Congress down to 9%, there is an impending need for overhaul. Legislation is wrought with wasted time, private interests, and partisanship. More critically, the legislative process no longer moves as fast as the systems it governs. The business and technology landscapes are changing so fast that no bill can keep up. And they are changing due in a very large part to the same platform we need to embrace to optimize our nation: the Internet.

Albert Wenger inspires me with his thoughts on Wikipedia, Occupy Wall Street, and the Possibility of an Open Congress (I’ve been enjoying Albert’s blog – for tech lovers out there, I encourage you to keep up with it). I think the idea of an “open-sourced government” is very romantic and worth exploring. The thought of communities online authoring bills together through an iterative platform like Wikipedia or Google Docs sends shivers up my spine. Nothing could be more true to democracy than millions of people collaborating together on the laws that govern them. Online, everyone can have a voice. Money, class, race, and stature play negligible roles. Everyone can work together and focus on the job at hand. Everyone can work together for the common good. I want to see a community online like that. I want to be a part of it. I want to have input. A multiple choice ballet is not enough anymore. It’s time to migrate the future of our nation forward. It’s time to build a Webocracy.

Outside Congress and legislation, does anyone else have other ideas for open-sourcing different aspects of our government?

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2 thoughts on “Webocracy (The Path to Fixing Our Government)

  1. Look soon for BusinessUSA coming to you this winter, as the State of the Union approaches. And then sneer. And then look for the future of BusinessUSA in a new and expansive role – a web 3.0 – government 3.0 approach.

    But these devices are fleeting. We need inspiration. We need look to our past to guide our future. As we walked together the halls of Monticello, my friend, we saw opportunities to reach into our past to inform our future. Obstenance gains nothing, as we see in our recent Congress. But vision gains much. Open source has its place in this approach for sure. ELGG is a great example of an open source alternative to Goliaths. But the system as first conceived is just as extraordinary today as it ever once was.

    Faith is the word of the day – faith that our system will return to its original design.

    • While faith in return is a must, great leaders need to revisit the past with considerably agency. Far too few people today gather around the original design and debate it. It will take a strong group of people with very loud voices to make a difference in this realm.

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