Designing Open Democracy is a forum of process engineers, social architects and philosophers aiming to explore the ways that technology, engineering and design of social systems can be applied to every levels of society.
In our episodes you will find detailed discussions in potential opportunities for reforming of existing democratic institutions; from local organisations to national governments around the world through technology or other practices. Our aim is to improve democracy: we think this can best be done by providing a forum for discussing democracy proposals, ideas, and to foster collaboration between people who would like to participate in democracy reform.
Think Outside The Ballot Box
Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility towards Economic Democracy
Hi and welcome to the Designing Open Democracy Podcast. We are an Australian based forum keeping track of democracy innovations in Australia and around the world. In the background of the banking royal commission starting at 2017 and the uncovering of banking misconduct by the big four banks in Australia, there is a need for the public to be able to trust that corporations will work in the interest of all stakeholders.
This podcast recorded and hosted by Alexar on March 2020, was a talk by Anthony McMullen from Co-operative Bonds, explaining how we can step beyond Corporate Social Responsibility towards a corporate structure with a fundamentally more democratic economic structure. Given the situation around the world with the global pandemic in 2020, social distancing requirements meant we had to record this episode by video conferencing. So audio quality will be different compared to other episodes.
The first half of this event with be a short primer by Anthony McMullen to get newcomers up to speed about what Co-operatives is and why it matters. Afterwards a panel led by Anthony McMullen will be held to discuss about the state of co-operatives in Australia and how co-operatives can gain traction against traditional forms of business structures.
# Speakers Biography
## Antony McMullen (Co-operative Bonds)
Antony McMullen is a Melbourne based co-operative entrepreneur and expert in co-op development, policy and enterprise for common good, with qualifications in social impact (social entrepreneurship) and community development.
Co-founder of Co-operative Bonds, his consultancy specialises in offering expert advice and support to help build and grow many other co-operatives.
He is also secretary and co-founder of Co-op Incubator, as well as co-founder of the cooperative network in Melbourne - 888 Co-operative Causeway.
In addition he also collaboratively prepared the Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise (CME) governance framework for the Australian Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals in 2018.
Serving as Vice-President of the Victoria Day Council (that administers the Victorian of the Year award), he also holds qualifications in social impact (social entrepreneurship) and community development.
## Sean Bezard (Earthworker Cooperative)
Sean Bezard is a membership officer at Earthworker Cooperative in addition to being an Earthworker representative on the Redgum Cleaning Coop board.
Volunteering with Earthworker for 6 years in a range of fields in every capacity, he hopes to bridge the divide between economic and environmental concerns.
Most of all, he is driven by a strong belief in every project with a core philosophy that emphasises the importance of a collaborative economy to foster a more holistic and inclusive democracy.
## Ian McBurney (bHive)
Ian McBurney is an ecological sustainability educator, entrepreneur, facilitator, speaker, MC and author.
His specialty is change practice: how do we inspire others around us?
Ian spent 5 years in the early 2000s at Vox Bandicoot (http://voxbandicoot.com.au/) in Melbourne, delivering the famous environmental theatre program to ten thousand students, workplace culture change training to six thousand staff in local government and manufacturing.
Discuss: a href="https://discuss.designingopendemocracy.com/t/podcast-beyond-corporate-socia...
Isegoria: The Way Citizens' Juries Deliver It, How Elections Destroy It (Nicholas Gruen: CEO of Lateral Economics)
Hi and welcome to the Designing Open Democracy Podcast. We are an Australian based forum keeping track of democracy innovations in Australia and around the world.
For this episode recorded on the 3rd of March 2020, I visited a prominent Australian economist named Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics.
As frequent commentator on economic reform as well as innovation, he will be joining us for this episode to explore the concept of Citizens' Juries and how it could be implemented in Australia and other countries.
Here is some links and concepts referenced in this talk:
•Considered Opinion Of The People
•Citizens' Juries Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens%27_jury
•For this quote in this talk: "How we build online tools that amp down the aggro and qualify good contribution" it is in reference to this article "The middleware of democracy. Or from knowledge to wisdom: or at least knowledge 2.0" that was posted on July 30, 2014 by Nicholas Gruen found from this link http://clubtroppo.com.au/2014/07/30/from-knowledge-to-wisdom-or-at-least-knowledge-2-0/
•Gruen: detox democracy through representation by random selection: https://www.themandarin.com.au/75323-nicholas-gruen-detoxing-democracy/
•Nicholas Gruen Organisation Lateral Economics: https://lateraleconomics.com.au/
•Nicholas Gruen's Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Gruen
•Isegoria - (Noun) Equality of all in freedom of speech: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/isegoria
•To reach out to Nicholas Gruen his email is: email@example.com
Other Organisations Referenced In This Talk:
•Proportional Representation Society of Australia
Episode Discussion Page: https://discuss.designingopendemocracy.com/t/podcast-isegoria-the-way-citizens-juries-deliver-it-how-elections-destroy-it-nicholas-gruen-ceo-of-lateral-economics/195/1
Basil's Table - Banking On The Future In A Climate Of Change (888 Co-operative Causeway)(Special)
Antony McMullen from Co-operative Bonds organised this particular event via 888 Co-operative Causeway Basil's Table interview series to explore the challenges and opportunities for customer-owned banks in the post Royal Commission environment.
The main speaker for this event is Rowan Dowland who heads up the Bank Australia's strategy and planning area.
While this event is not directly operated by Designing Open Democracy, this may be of interest to our community in providing the background context for next month talk "Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility towards Economic Democracy (Cooperatives)" by Antony McMullen who co-founded both Co-operative Bonds and 888 Co-operative Causeway.
This was recorded live with minimum editing on the February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the Kelvin Club.
888 Co-operative Causeway Event Link: https://www.888causeway.coop/event/basils-table-banking-on-the-future-in-a-climate-of-change/
Discussion Page: https://discuss.designingopendemocracy.com/t/podcast-basil-s-table-banking-on-the-future-in-a-climate-of-change-888-co-operative-causeway-special/194
Designing Open Democracy 2020 Primer
In this episode, we will be officially explaining about the aims and goals of Designing Open Democracy for this year.
This was recorded as part of a February Designing Open Democracy Melbourne Australia meetup event "Designing Open Democracy 2020 Primer" that was held on 2020-02-21
During this primer, we were also joined in the Audience by a few members of other democracy related organisations. One was Kimbra White from MOSAICLAB as well as Willow from Coalition of Everyone.
* Kimbra White (Director for MosaicLab) : http://www.mosaiclab.com.au/
* Willow Berzin (Founder for Coalition of Everyone) : https://www.coalitionofeveryone.com/
# Designing Open Democracy Primer 2020 Meeting Notes (DOD, Feb 2020)
Current actors in this space that we are aware of
* MiVote, Horizon State
* Flux, SecureVote
* Linux Conference Australia
* Open Democracy (UK)
* Can we find a way to get democracy R&D? (Network of international groups and orgs)
* AngryAussie (YouTube) was part of the "trust as a concept" panel last year.
* New Democracy Foundation
* Code For Australia (Civic Tech)
## 4 Elements of a healthy society?
* High Schoolers
(Bonus Content) Talk with Ben Ballingall about Flux Party and Issue Based Direct Democracy System
This was part of a 10 minute warmup for the last episode "Talk with Ben Ballingall about Flux Party and Issue Based Direct Democracy System". Nevertheless it went well and contain a good summary of our entire talk, but focusing on the Flux Party system in particular.
This is a friendly talk with Ben Ballingall member of the Australian based Issues Based Direct Democracy political party.
Talk with Ben Ballingall about Flux Party and Issue Based Direct Democracy System
This is a friendly talk with Ben Ballingall representative of Flux Party. Flux Party is an Australian Issues Based Direct Democracy political party, aiming to replace our government system with an issue based direct voting system.
In this talk, we will be talking about meeting a British citizen who told us about his experience with Brexit. From this background you will learn more about what is Issues Based Direct Democracy and Flux party as well as the potential pros and cons of such a system.
This was recorded on 2020-02-11
Flux Party Website: https://voteflux.org
Some of the questions we asked is about the IBDD system that Flux is implementing:
* Q: What Issue Based Direct Democracy
* Q: Citizen Juries vs Flux (Issues Based Direct Democracy)
* Q: People aren't engaged; not aware they're not in democracy; media doesn't tell them their choices. How to get to people if not aware of?
* Q: Is there an algorithm for selecting issues - as representative as possible?
We also talked about more Flux specific questions:
* Q: What is the theory and philosophy behind IBDD and Flux?
* Q: Will interest groups cause problems? How would you stop that in your proposal?
* Q: If you manage to get a representative into parliament, how is it going to work with the normal representative? (They're assumed to be an autonomous actor in the parliament.)
* Q: What sort of result would you need in the next elections before you can get a representative into parliament?
* Q: Is there an algorithm for selecting issues - as representative as possible of the public?