Guess the Country

posted 5 Jun 2010, 16:06 by Peter Shields   [ updated 5 Jun 2010, 17:32 ]

Not hard is it?  For such a tiny nation they've exported a lot of world renowned, innovative, iconic brands & ideas.  Could this be the latest ...?

If there was anywhere on earth that would already have elected someone on a mandate of Direct Democracy then I guess Sweden would be the place.

I was as shocked as anyone to discover it, but since 2002 there has been a local government representative in the Swedish district of Vallentuna who works according to the principles of Direct Digital Democracy - i.e. they have no policies of their own just an ideology which states that they will vote in accordance with the wishes of the electorate.

What started as an experiment for some high school students stemming from their study topic on "IT & Democracy" proved so successful that the DemoEx (Democracy Experiment) candidate got re-elected a second time with an increased share of the vote.

So for all those of you who thought the idea of Direct Democracy sounded good in principle but it'd never work in practice - there's living proof that it does.

Over here the campaign for a fairer voting system seems to have gained some momentum since the general election.  But there's a few of us who are even further ahead of the game. We believe that even Proportional Representation doesn't go far enough!

There is now a fledgling DemoEx movement being established here in the UK.  So if the idea of taking democracy to it's ultimate conclusion (...or back to it's original roots actually!) interests you, or if you're the kind of person who likes to be at the forefront of things rather than at the tail end, then have a look at DemoEx in the UK. It's right at the conception stage at the moment but with some innovators & pioneers it could bring to birth a revolution in politics & democracy.

Someday I hope it will rank alongside ABBA, Ikea, Volvo & the Vikings.  Those crazy Swedes!