This is an idea I would like to see one day becoming real.
Personally, I am disappointed by politics and I no longer believe in representative democracy.
I dream of a perfect society where all citizens take part in the decision-making process. A modern direct democracy based on new technologies.
In my vision, citizens would have the right to draft, improve and eventually vote new laws. Citizens would approve or reject the new laws by secure voting through internet, and online consultations.
Young people would be encouraged to voice their ideas and they will be given special support in order to work for innovating society.
Elder people would be equally encouraged to enter politics and act as volunteer counselors in their areas of expertise.
There would be no more political leaders, just expert coordinators , people who proved to be very good in a certain professional area, who can help other people make informed decisions . They will act as combination of teachers, counselors and executive/administrative staff.Their salaries would be voted by people.
The expert coordinators will be elected , but only for short terms (maximum 1-2 years) and will not be decision-makers as citizens will be the only ones empowered to decide.
This idea helped me gain an international writing contest -the “Athens Dialogues” 2010 Competition :
- Essay A Modern Revival of Greek Democracy, Athens Dialogues E-Journal,2010, Democracy and Politeia
Neverthless, so far I found no way to start working towards its implementation. It’s an utopia, I agree, but I’d love to make it real.
I didn’t find yet the right allies or maybe I didn’t look in the right place for them.
I am much opened to your ideas and suggestions.