I've come up with a practical plan for a new grassroots democratic network for the UK. I launched it yesterday.
Q: What is The Great Grassroots Referendum Network?
A: A public artwork exploring democracy in the United Kingdom
Q: How does it work?
A: Local Neighbourhoods self-organise referendums on the most important issues of our time and submit their results to the Network. The results are then collated together for a National result.
Q: But how does it really work?
A: The Network will be bootstrapped by existing services. You can read more in the Operating Handbook.
Q: What are the services and what is each used for?
A: TGGRN volunteers set up Neighbourhood TGGRN Groups on the hyperlocal social network Nextdoor to be used as polling booths. Members of Nextdoor are verified to be real people living in a local area and only they can access the groups and vote, ensuring the vote is protected from bots and other provocateurs. Voting is anonymous.
Google Workspace is used to create the TGGRN website using Google Sites and to register Neighbourhood Groups on the Network and collate poll results for all Neighbourhood Groups in the country using Google Forms and Google Sheets.
Bitcoin is used to purchase voting rights for the Neighbourhood, which is required for registration of Neighbourhood Groups on the Network by Neighbourhood Group Admins. Requiring Bitcoin to purchase voting rights prevents entryism and trolling of the Google Forms page. There is no fixed price for voting rights but it should be a very small number of Satoshis (the smallest denomination of bitcoin).
Q: Who decides what the poll questions are?
A: At the moment, me, Wat Cade. However there is nothing stopping Neighbourhood Group Leads from creating their own local sub-networks in which they can ask anything they want in a local area and then collating and publishing those poll results separately. In the future mechanisms will be developed to enable National level poll questions to arise from the local level too so they don’t rely on a central person managing it.
Q: What is the point of all this?
A: I believe that democracy in the UK is under attack, and a key part of this is preventing the nation from becoming conscious of what people actually think about things. TGGRN is an attempt to create a means for a truer National consciousness to emerge.
Read more on the TGGRN website
I'm looking for volunteers to become the first Neighbourhood Group Admins and register on the site to effectively beta test the process.
Please let me know your thoughts! All responses and feedback essential.