I’m speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum 2008 on Tuesday morning, bright and early. I’ve only got 12 minutes, so I’ll try to say just one thing: democracy as we know it was built around the notion of the individual. Democracy as an open source phenomenon needs to be something else entirely – and it may look and feel strange to those of us raised on Enlightenment ideals of individual rights and possession of property. It’s a collective phenomenon that requires intelligence, participation, knowledge, and collaboration.
In other words, it carries on long after a new name is successfully put in office.
Are we ready for that? I’m not sure.
I don’t know yet whether the conference is simulcast online. I have a feeling it’s not, or it would be easier to see that from the conference website. I’ll keep you updated from here if I find out more.