What is Liquid Democracy?
Liquid Democracy is a collective term for different approaches to making democracy more liquid, more transparent and more flexible. What all these approaches have in common is the concept of delegating your vote for certain subject areas or subjects. This makes it possible to choose to actively participate in some subject areas and delegate your vote to someone else for others.
Organisations and informal groups can use Liquid Democracy to collaboratively develop their goals, strategies, internal rules or positions and to make binding decisions about them. Groups and organisations can involve their members in developing solutions to their problems and thus make better decisions. Our web platform implements the two key concepts of Liquid Democracy:
Members of organisations can collaboratively create texts, debate individual paragraphs and vote on the final draft. Each member can at any time delegate their vote to another member or use it themselves.
Why Liquid Democracy?
Technological progress of the last few years has made global communication a lot easier and faster. These new possibilities have yet to be fully utilized for society. Citizens are involved with organisations, informal groups and networks of all kinds. At the same time, many people feel they are lacking the opportunity to effectively and collaboratively campaign for the issues they are concerned about. This is the problem that Liquid Democracy focuses on.
Liquid Democracy in my organisation
Communication, exchange of experiences and decision-making in organisations and groups often takes place using inappropriate tools: there are forums, wikis, mailing lists, conference calls and face-to-face meetings. All of these work relatively well in small groups but quickly reach their limits in larger groups - this often leads to a situation where a small minority actually participates or where transparency and clarity dwindle. Tools such as Adhocracy were developed to facilitate broad and democratic involvement of members of large groups.