Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Extreme Democracy

"Extreme democracy" is a political philosophy of the information era
that puts people in charge of the entire political process. It suggests
a deliberative process that places total confidence in the people,
opening the policy-making process to many centers of power through
deeply networked coalitions that can be organized around local, national
and international issues. The choice of the word "extreme" reflects the
lessons of the extreme programming movement in technology that has
allowed small teams to make rapid progress on complex projects through
concentrated projects that yield results far greater than previous
labor-intensive programming practices. Extreme democracy emphasizes the
importance of tools designed to break down barriers to collaboration and
access to power, acknowledging that political realities can be altered
by building on rapidly advancing generations of technology and that
human organizations are transformed by new political expectations and
practices made possible by technology.

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