episode #1, The Representative System

31 January 2021 | Rotterdam, The Netherlands

In this episode, I will introduce the representative system, how it works, and also I will talk a little bit about its history. I will dive into the flaws of the representative system, as well as its problems. And I will briefly explain why there is an urgent need for direct democracy.

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Open Source Governance aims to design a blueprint with which a group can collectively and inclusively form questions and find answers that can help organize their community. The project is an interdisciplinary research and social design process that uses debates, workshops, case studies, publications, and other mediums to empower groups to find possible ways of self-governing. This is done by investigating the wisdom of the crowd. At the core of the idea lies the notion of governmentality. The concept departs from the disappointment with the representative systems in inclusively and fairly organizing societies, and observation of available tools (namely open-source programming) that can replace or challenge the current systems in place.

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The chamber of the House of Commons in London
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