Archive - December 2014

Parties to look forward to (not just for Christmas)

Parties to look forward to (not just for Christmas)

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I took some time yesterday to read useful summaries of how new Greek and Spanish political parties are organising themselves. These groupings (Syriza and Podemos respectively) have emerged incredibly quickly from mass dissatisfaction with the impact of ‘austerity’, using new ideas on how active democracy can work, born out of Occupy and the social movements that have sprung up in both countries. They are both using an inspiring mix of community level meetings and interaction alongside social media to enable mass decision making. The challenge is to find ways of engaging with the – essentially dysfunctional – parliamentary system to gain elected representatives, in order to change the systems themselves….while not becoming part of those systems and alienating the energy of the people.

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