www.world-wide-democracy.net (WDDM net)
|Web site of
The WORLDWIDE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT (WDDM)
Mission of this site:
WDDM net is a worldwide hub for DD advocates to exchange information,
experience and ideas from different parts of the world.
Individuals are encouraged to join, or form, sub-groups (branches) in their own countries.
Our goal is to develop a multilingual Globe-covering network of web sites linked to this site.
March 28, 2005: Important updates
1. If you have problems with the submission procedure described below (such e-mails can
reportedly get labeled as spam by some internet providers), just
send us an ordinary e-mail with your short CV.
2. Online Constituting Convention: After receiving your applications, you will be tentatively subscribed to the WDDM mailing list right away. Thus after the April 10 deadline, when everybody gets the information on
all the other applicants, the process of mutual review of applications, as described below, could be done
using the WDDM mailing list, without the intervention of the webmaster.
March 25, 2005: Call for initial membership applications. Deadline is April 10, 2005.
To apply, send an
empty e-mail by clicking here, and then follow the instructions that will be sent to you
in the confirmation request: include in the body of the reply to the confirmation request
a short CV containing information about yourself that could be of interest to the DD community
(that is not yet in the "DD public domain") - do not forgot your name!
After the April 10 deadline, all the applications obtained will be sent to all the other applicants, who all
would be asked to review/accept/reject them. You will then sent your comments back to the webmaster
who would tabulate the results. If you would be happy with all the other applicants,
you do not have to do anything at that point, although a confirmation that you reviewed the other
applications and have no objections, would be useful.
Otherwise, e-mail back also your suggestions for the consensus level needed to accept or reject
somebody's application. Actually, anybody is invited
to do this, even separately from the application process, at any time.
What do you think about this initial proposal: an application will be accepted
if not more than 20% of others send any objection to it (an 80% approval consensus level)?
In any case, if any objections to somebody's application would be raised, they would be all
again collected and resent to all the other applicants for further comments,
perhaps even several times, until a comfortable consensus on this application is achieved.
In a similar way, one would proceed with later membership applications, using the rules/procedures
established in this initial phase, and possibly modified based on all the experience accumulated.
It is envisaged, that in this consensus
building style all additional rules needed for the functioning of WDDM and this site
will be eventually established, when need appears to have them. One could probably imagine
the need of one more rule for the rare case, that in spite of all the collective checks in accepting new members,
somebody with malicious intent could still get in. So it might be a good idea to think in advance of what
to do if most of the members would not be happy with one of them, e.g., with the contents of
this member's area on this WDDM site (see below).
In such a case, what level of consensus would be required to expel this member, after all other
attempts for reconciliation failed? Would it be 80% or 90% of the other members, or even more?
However, no unchangeable initial rules are imposed by the WDDM initiators upon perspective future members.
Nevertheless, in the discussions leading up to this announcement, also
more detailed initial proposals appeared, and these are available for
your inspection/comments below.
The idea to start WDDM was born at the 1st International Congress on Direct Democracy
held in PrÝbram, the Czech Republic in 1998. It was first time officially registered
in Greece in 2000 (see the Archive). This first attempt more or less failed because
the original founding members were not able to achieve a comfortable working consensus.
Thus we are trying to restart WDDM in a way that would build consensus
from the very beginning: all the initial applicants for the WDDM membership
will mutually review/approve/endorse/reject their application so that the initial group
of the WDDM members would be comfortable with each other, comfortable to share this site
and build the WDDM community/society/movement.
In this way no one's particular views are imposed on those initially interested in
the WDDM membership. Hopefully, a large number of people will apply soon, and it would be
interesting to see what they could create together.
Then followed the proposal for the future home page as on the current home page. Here is it abridged:
Official WDDM documents
Individual Members' Public Area
Links to Regional/National Resources (Direct Democracy movements, organizations, local coordinators):
Other global DD resources:
Internal WDDM Matters
Within the group of the WDDM members, we can try, and succeed if we will try hard enough,
to create here on the Internet, on this site, an atmosphere approaching ideal DD.
Another, much more difficult undertaking, would be to create a model of pure DD
for a people at large. Probably nobody has the resources
yet to create an Internet site that could
enable participation of very large numbers of random visitors in a DD exercise.
Because it is very easy for anybody to create multiple Internet identities
(to set up multiple e-mail addresses), it is impossible, before the time when
every citizen of the planet Earth is issued a unique electronic identification
card, to make sure that in any voting each person would really have only one voice.
Here are those more detailed proposals for WDDM renewal (new WDDM founding document):
Sagi: Call for WDDM Renewal,
WDDM Action Plan
Everybody can sent us comments (click here) on
them, or on any related matter (how to best organize a DD organization
in the DD spirit). Do we need a long initial basic document with many rules, or just a few sentences(such as the Proposed Mission at the beginning of this page) will do?
You can view these questions as our first informal
Planning Cell (the use of which is advocated in one of the above proposals).
No limited, however dedicated, group can build real Democracy alone. Neither the WDDM Facilitators/Founders can.
Only the people themselves can, from grassroots up, if enough of you would want it.