Last spring, the GrassRoots Festival organization 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.
We now have the results from our D21 polls in the spring! We wanted to share them with you and let you know that we are very interested in the results. We hope to continue working with D21, and will hope to poll on a yearly basis, as well as do what we can with the information we get from the polls. This is your festival and it’s great to know what you think! Voting is important, our voices – all of them – are important!
Here are the links to the results:
See previous Festival Desk post about our involvement with Democracy 2.1.
Find out more about Democracy 2.1!