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Wise Democracy Victoria
Exploring genuine democracy in Victoria, BC, Canada... and beyond
This site serves as a collaborative tool to facilitate community co-intelligence and high-quality conversations engendered through choice-creation; and to engage those interested in Wise Democracy in Victoria. Through random-selection and dynamic facilitation, we engage citizens of all walks of life in exploring and co-creating meaningful solutions for a wide range of salient issues.
Also visit our blog for recent postings at www.WiseDemocracyVictoria.org
NOTE: This site is growing -- see all pages listed in the small window to the left in the "Navigation Pane" - just scroll up & down.
Citizen Insight Councils - City of Victoria
See the update and report on the three Citizen Insight Councils we recently facilitated for the City of Victoria Click here.
Wisdom Councils precipitate energy, enthusiasm and HOPE for the Future:
Past participants have indicated that the experience was transforming and energizing because they felt that their voices could actually make a difference!
Like a match in a haystack, the ‘latent energy of democracy’ is there, ready to be tapped. It only takes a few people at the right time and the right place. You can help provide the spark!
Three Wisdom Councils have now been successfully convened in Victoria, including the first in Canada and one in the close-knit neighbourhood of Fernwood. In each case the Council members have prepared an amazing statement of community spirit!
Even though the council members did not know one another prior to meeting and came from a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences, in each case they have prepared a powerful, unanimous statement.
#1 Statement of the 1st Canadian Wisdom Council
#2 Statement of the 2nd Victoria WC
#3 Statement of the 3rd Victoria WC (Fernwood)
RESOURCES AND VALUABLE LINKS:
- Historical overview of Wisdom Councils in Victoria by Caspar Davis - Creative democracy: wisdom councils at work.
- Detailed information on Wisdom Councils is available at the Center for Wise Democracy
- Jim Rough has a series of videos available online to explore how we can facilitate whole-system change in very large systems.
- Random Selection as a tool for democracy -- our group is becoming increasingly impressed with the value of random selection for renewing democracy.... see: Wikipedia Article on Sortition and Doyle's Links.
Draft Vision for Wise Democracy Victoria
Our vision is to help engender wise democracy locally and globally by:
- continued experimentation with processes that enable high-quality dialogue, such as Wisdom Councils (empowering citizens),
- working with communities to "grow" these processes from within (empowering communities)
- communicating replicable models to communities everywhere (further empowering global civil society)
PLEASE JOIN US ON OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS WISE DEMOCRACY by reading the statements and inviting others to take a look.
Do these statements resonate with you?
WC #1: First Victoria Wisdom Council --
Canadian History in the Making!
The First randomly selected Canadian Wisdom Council deliberated on March 30-31st, 2007 and reported to the public immediately afterward.View the Council's Statement Page.
The event created quite a stir in the Capital city of British Columbia. Our eldest member was 71 years and our youngest 17. Click here to read the following article from the Times Colonist newspaper. The youngest member was Simon Nattrass who consequently took a run for Major of Victoria at age 19 in 2008!
In early March we mailed nearly 500 invitation letters to Victoria residents who were randomly selected from the phone book.
Out of those invited, 12 participants agreed to participate as members of the first Wisdom Council.
Jim Rough - Introductory Remarks, First Victoria Wisdom Council
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|pjmora||New Constitution _ Part 2||0||Jan 12 2011, 5:14 PM EST by pjmora|
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6.a) From a list of candidates, submitted by citizens from and for each riding, on an official, computerized, perpetual electoral system, the candidate with the most votes shall be the "MPA".
6.b ) The MPA’s duty shall be limited to facilitate and implement legislation as decided by the majority of voters, and to supervise the executions of the citizens' mandate by government employees.
6.c) MPAs shall have “No Term of Office". The position shall last as long as the majority of citizens maintain support for that MPA.
6.d) The financial remuneration to all MPAs shall be no more, no less than the average salary of a public employees of the State, plus reasonable remuneration for job related expenses.
6.e) Financial remuneration shall continue for a predetermined, reasonable length of time, after a MPA losses majority of public support, as delegate.
Ministers of State, “MS”
7.a) All MPAs shall select, from the Assembly, a Premier, or Minister of State, "MS”.
7.b) The Premier shall facilitate the Legislation proceedings on the Assemble, and represent the State, nationally and internationally.
8.a) All MPAs, shall vote to appoint all Ministers of State: Education, Health, Housing, Transportation, Communications, Social Services, Security and Order, Forest-Lands-Minerals, Energy, etc.
8.b) All MSs shall govern the bureaucratic operations of each Ministry.
8.c) All MSs shall be subject to recall.
9.a) All MPAs, shall vote to appoint Chief Officers for Independent Agencies which need to be free from political influence: Solicitor General, Chief Electoral Officer, Chief Information Officer, etc.
National and International commitments and agreements
10.- National and International commitments, immigration, defense, and trade agreements shall be accepted, rejected, or cancelled by the majority of sovereign citizens on an on-going referendum.
|pjmora||A suggested constitution as the starting point||0||Jan 12 2011, 5:05 PM EST by pjmora|
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We The Sovereign Citizens
1.a) Adopt a constitution which establishes the territory now known as the Province of British Columbia, as a new State united to Canada.
1.b) Adopt, by referendum, the name of this new political state.
2.- Adopt The Canadian Charter of Human Rights, as an overriding legislation to safeguard minority’s human rights.
Legislative Power to the People
3.a) Establish a clear understanding that the collective citizen’s initiative and legislation, to govern this new political state, is the supreme authority.
3.b) Declare independence from the Monarchy and it’s Governors; from the legislative authority of Members of the Canadian Parliament; from the legislative authority of the BC Members of the Legislative Assembly; and from the city councilors’ authority to create By-Laws.
4. All legislation shall be initiated exclusively by citizens and supported by the majority of citizens, via perpetual, computerized polling system.
Computerized Polling System
5.a ) Adopt a computerized mechanisms to facilitate Initiative, referendum and recall.
5.b) The electoral agency must ensure that the polling system is secure, transparent, verifiable, and easily accessible . It shall be sufficiently available to all citizens, through public libraries and other electoral offices across the State.
Member of the Political Assembly “MPA”
|pjmora||The Next step in the evolution of Democracy||0||Jan 12 2011, 5:01 PM EST by pjmora|
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Many scientists are warning us that if we continue pursuing economic growth and widespread selfish consumerism, life on earth will continue to suffer unnecessarily.
We also know that unsustainable depletion and maldistribution of resources is mainly the product of ineffective government regulations.
What is less understood now, is that the current “Monarchic-Representative-Democracy", type of Canadian Government, is the source of ineffective social and environmental legislation. Citizens’ apathy and acquiescence empowers this political system.
Once we realize that too much political power in the hands of a few politicians will inherently continue to corrupt, we must look, beyond changing parties, into an alternative form of governance.
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