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LIFT10 Workshop

posted May 6, 2010, 3:19 AM by Vincenzo Pallotta   [ updated Sep 8, 2010, 6:07 AM by Patrick Genoud ]

 iDemocracy! Do you? Open Voting and Tribe oriented Public Debate

Context :
Last years' workshop " I remember voting for the first time at the age of 16 in 2025 " revealed some very interesting ideas. One in particular raised great questions and discussions around the idea of Public Voting. Voting becoming a matter of public records also led to discussing the possibility of being able to change the vote within a voting period, before the cutoff date.

Building on this idea, without changing anything in the voting process itself, and witnessing the increasing use of social networks to also share mundane information on a daily basis, led us to imagine along the idea of a Political Wall in a similar way people interact on social networks through their wall. Facilitating and enabling a Social Network based Public Debate where people can express and share their opinions, react, post, protest, argue, etc. through each others Political Wall appeared as a promising idea.

At a time when democracy is suffering a lack of participation and interest, we will question the idea that maybe social networks and tribe centered interactions could transform Public Debate in a way never imagined before. Master level students in Information Systems and Public Administration are working on this project. Should the planed prototype services be available at the time of the workshop, they will be included in the scenario for experimentation.

Workshop format :
- Highly interactive, group work with expected take-away results
- Role / game oriented co-creative process