The GrassRoots Festival organization has partnered with Democracy 2.1, also known as D21, to create the GrassRoots TownHall where anyone can express their opinion about the festival and goings on in the world around us. D21 came to us from our festival friends in Miami, based in the Czech Republic it is the creation of mathematician Karel Janacek, who has also spent several years fighting corruption in government there, he invented D21 as a system to help curve future corruption in their multi-party democracy. D21 offers an algorithm designed to achieve a better consensus in voting processes by incorporating multiple yes votes and also a no vote when choosing among multiple options or proposals. After being introduced to democratic reform by our work with Ben Cohen and his “Stamp Money Out Of Politics” campaign GrassRoots was of course excited about the possibilities of better government based on a greater consensus than the simple 51 percent wins all system now in place in the United States.
Collaboration across international borders by global citizenry is an exciting proposition, at the very least, and possibly an evolutionary mandate for the survival of humanity! We see crisis of governance practically in every country, even our United States and its forward thinking democracy has seemingly become dysfunctional, not to mention the rise of ISIS and the rule of brutality… and does anyone even know what governing system rules China?
The Internet is an example of Crowd-Sourced Intelligence, Wikipedia, Craigslist and even Ebay are places where the public explores its interest and desires– can we create governance directly linked to this human creative force? A government for the people and by the people? Can we solve problems like Climate Change directly from Crowd-Sourced Leadership?
Only we can tell this story if we try and find out!
Participate in the GrassRoots Town Hall at the Shakori Hills Tent in the Meadow from 5-8pm Thursday through Saturday and Sunday 2-5pm, and find out more about Democracy 2.1 here.
GrassRoots Festival Founder