The central topic of this episode is trust and governance. I will be talking about trust within a government, how does trusting a government work, and why does the government need the trust of the people. I will introduce what instruments are available to keep the trust under check. And of course, I will introduce some issues there are regarding trust and governance when using the existing systems in place. I will refer to David van Reybrouck’s book ‘Against Elections’ to provide more in-depth analyses regarding the problem of trust and governance.
Then I will discuss ‘Liberal Democracy’ and its three pillars. Then I will talk about populism and will give a few examples about how it can be a great threat to trust and governance. Examples of Covid restrictions will be given as a way of comparison between how people from different parts of the world trust the functionality of their government.
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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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