Participatory Football

The Guardian and The Telegraph (twice) as well as The BBC (watch video) . The Times and the Daily Mirror and numerous blogs and websites have articles about MyFootballClub‘s “takeover” of Ebbsfleet United. MyFootbalClub (an Industrial and Provident Society registered by the FSA) was founded by Will Brooks because “… it makes more sense for a football club to be owned and financially supported by thousands, rather than relying on the wealth and continued enthusiasm of one person. And secondly, that football fans, as a group, are often proved capable of making correct decisions… ” you can read more on the unofficial wiki.

At last, a participatory budgeting project that feels like a grass-roots initiative!

They seem to have generated a LOT of interest:Ebbsfleet United message


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Who said party political broadcasts were boring?

See more at:

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10Questions starts Videocracy

(thanks to the Zeitgeistish Euan Semple for the tip off)

More here:

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Red Pepper

Stephen Kingston has written an interesting and quite critical article in Red Pepper about the British experience of participatory budgeting:

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Voting the Facebook way

Voting on Facebook

Via my Facebook newsfeed I noticed that Euan Semple had installed an App called UK Politics that allows anyone with a Facebook account to vote for a number of political parties.

Of course it is flawed, unfair and unrepresentative… but it does demonstrate how easily people can “do” politics from the bottom-up…. and (of course) you can change your vote as often as you like – which is one of the most powerful aspects of internet voting.

Anthony Eskinazi the developer of the UK Politics App also set up One to watch.

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Interesting links:

Thanks to:

Dom for this link: Drafting laws the wiki way in New Zealand

Pete Kaminski found this interesting article about Idea Futures and this strange one about betting and democracy by Robin Hanson

…and to Tom Steinberg (via mySociety Disruptive Tech Talks) for Jason Kitcat’s writing about e-voting

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No-permission service desks

Participatory democracy has a lot to learn from commerce and consumer activism. Take a look at the Get Satisfaction website.

It allows internet users to set up their own customer support and help desks – for when a company fails to service them properly. Could have come straight from the pages of The Cluetrain Manifesto.
Couple of reviews in Business Week and on O’Reilly’s Radar

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