Designing for Democracy is the kick-off event for the 2009 Web of Change event series. Newbie’s to web technology and the non-profit world are invited to join this limited engagement starring one of North America’s leaders in technology, arts and social activism, Favianna Rodriguez.
On November 5th, the Senate of the Republic of Argentina became
the first national parliament to adopt a resolution unconditionally
calling for the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary
Assembly (UNPA), an advisory body that would review the activities of
the UN and give citizens for the first time direct representation at
the global level.
We all have a relationship with media, whether it be a strong,
traditional commitment or an exciting new dalliance as we delve into
unexplored domains. It provides us with a sense of community and
context. It allows us to form new perspectives and debates. It
provides us with necessary information. But how often do we question
Elective democracy is now universally accepted and promoted as the norm for political legitimacy. But whereas most people today can choose politicians to govern their cities, provinces or states and countries, citizens do not vote directly for those who represent us on important global issues at the United Nations.
The United Nations remains hamstrung by the clash of national interests that obstruct social and environmental progress for our global community.
In contrast, 492 million Europeans elect a Parliament which helps the continent manage its common interests, transcending the violent inter-state conflicts of the twentieth century.
The great problems of our times – war, disease, hunger, climate change – require co-operative solutions. Why not give the United Nations a parliamentary dimension to make it more inclusive, more transparent, more collaborative, more accountable and more effective?