Democracy 1.0 was direct democracy. It existed mainly in the ancient Athenian city-state and a few Swiss cantons. It didn’t scale.
Democracy 2.0 is Electoral democracy. This is what all current democracies use. Pros: We can choose professional politicians to write laws, while we go about our normal lives. Cons: Power is highly concentrated in a political class, which relies on billionaires, big industry, and special interests to fund their campaigns, which ends up corrupting the process.
Democracy 3.0 is Participatory or Liquid democracy. In this iteration, we eliminate the corrosive influence of money in politics by eliminating elections and the fundraising that comes along with it. No more lobbyists. No more gerrymandering. Instead, we choose our reps by topic and can change them anytime day or night, 365 days a year via a secure digital platform.
Likely you haven’t heard of Democracy 3.0, though you may have come across Participatory Budgeting, which is a subset of tools in the Democracy 3.0 toolkit. In fact, these ideas are being experimented with in most every democracy around the world. Though small and modest today, we believe they represent a great hope for the future.
We have software projects in the works to pull together some of the best features of the dozens of existing projects in this space today. We are looking for people who can help design, build, polish and scale these tremendously exciting platforms to drive the future of democracy.