Open Source Democracy

If you've had a look at our home page you'll know that Douglas Rushkoff has written a piece for Demos called Open Source Democracy. As a bit of a first for the Greenhouse, we encourage you to download it, have a read and then use the comments box on this posting to tell us what you think. Douglas will hopefully be getting involved too, responding to your ideas and thoughts.

Posted by Paul Miller on 06 Oct 2003
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Unintended consequences

Over the last few years, the government has tried to reform and reinvigrate local government. One of the ways of doing it was to introduce cabinet-style local authorities with or without executive mayors. I was speaking to a young local councillor recently who said the new system was demoralising him and his peers. Under the old system, every councillor had a say, and sat on at least one committee where they cut their teeth. Now everything gets decided by a small number of older cabinet membe...

Posted by John Holden on 01 Oct 2003
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Demos on a Disc

If you were at Labour Party Conference you might have a had a surprise waiting for you in your hotel room. Demos on a Disc is a CD-ROM which includes every Demos publication from the last ten years (we reach the grand old age of 10 next week). We've already had some nice things said about it, but if you got a copy in Bournemouth tell us what you think in the comments below.

Posted by Paul Miller on 01 Oct 2003
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Creating a community of learning

'We spend most of our money on connecting owners, not trying to generate new ideas' ... have a look at the Great Harvest Bread Company's recipe for growth here.

Posted by on 30 Sep 2003
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Literary liturgy

People will no doubt be caught up with reading the entire Demos library, soon to be available free online but that's not the only literary entertainment in town.We've also decided to set up a Demos book club to recommend books to the Demos network. We'd like to start off with some hidden gems that aren't being reviewed in the New Statesman or Prospect but should be because they are breaking new ground or putting forward interesting and convincing arguments.Any recommendations...

Posted by on 29 Sep 2003
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Will Self-Organises

Following on from our debate in the Greenhouse, Will Davies of the Work Foundation has a piece in Sp!ked this week about self-organisation and politics. Worth a look.

Posted by Paul Miller on 26 Sep 2003
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ET and God

Here's a question for the Demos astronauts: Could earthly religions survive the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe? Paul Davies discusses in this month's Atlantic Monthly.

Posted by Paul Miller on 22 Sep 2003
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Digital democracy

Interesting paper on internet politics called Net Nomination which is framed as memo to Democrat candidates. Argues that they should make their website 'the hub of their entire campaign' by combining databases and developing a CRM function - that's constituent relationship management, folks.

Posted by on 19 Sep 2003
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Auto-identity

Earlier in the day, we were met by a different kind of organisation in a different kind of car. Andrew Blau of the Global Business Network cruised up to meet us in a vintage BMW coupe, and took us for a very enjoyable lunch with three of his GBN colleagues. We swapped notes on scenarios, chewed over consultancy and agreed we should definitely collaborate in future. GBN have a lot to teach us about how to create a thriving, international network of associates, and how to combine strategy and c...

Posted by on 17 Sep 2003
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Day 2 of the Singularity

His thesis is that as networks become more connected and the cost of transaction comes down, they tend to break up functions so that various parts of the network specialise. So when you put a computer network into a small office (like Demos) you find that very quickly you want a file server that �specialises� in storing and routing information and a separate mail server that specialises in dealing with email rather than each individual computer having to do it itself. Go up a le...

Posted by Paul Miller on 15 Sep 2003
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